In 1998, The Boston Athenaeum embarked on a $25 million renovation to enhance its stewardship of the many rare books and manuscripts in its collection and to prepare the institution for its next century of public outreach. The Athenaeum, one of the oldest and most distinguished independent libraries in the United States, incorporated technical and functional innovations while maintaining the unique character and historic grandeur that has made it a nationally recognized institution.

The renovation included the development of new programmatic elements, including an events hall, catering facility, temporary exhibition gallery, conservation lab and children’s library. In 2005 the project was awarded the Annual Preservation Award by the Boston Preservation Alliance as well as the Chicago Athenaeum American Architecture Award.


Robert J Miklos FAIA design principal for the Athenaeum while at Schwartz Silver Architects