Faculty House Set to Reopen

Faculty House of Columbia University Set to Reopen as Renovation Nears Completion

NEW YORK, NY (August 4, 2009) – The Faculty House of Columbia University, a campus landmark for more than 85 years, is preparing to reopen its doors in September following the completion of a much-anticipated renovation.  The red brick and limestone building has been restored to its 1920s glory and the interiors transformed with a timeless approach, while being renovated to standards set by the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) program.

Poised to serve the needs of the university community and the public, the four-level Faculty House is located at 64 Morningside Drive. The 38,000-square-foot facility will host receptions, social events, meetings, conferences and seminars. Upon reopening, Faculty House will be as dramatic as it is diverse, able to accommodate groups from four to 375.Manhattan-based Bogdanow Partners Architects, PC, with strong credentials in the hospitality and restaurant industry, is serving as the project’s architectural firm. Guided by principal Larry Bogdanow, the firm is known for its designs of notable New York City restaurants such as Union Square Café, Cub Room, Union Pacific, Beppe, and City Hall.

The Garden Level (first floor) will be home to the Ivy Lounge & Coffee Bar, which will be open in the afternoons and evenings, and feature a full-service bar and espresso bar. The Market Café will make its debut on the Seminar Level (second floor) and seat 240 people with a large serving area and a brick-oven. The Presidential Level’s (3rd floor) more formal catering space will be a premier event venue, accommodating as many as 260 guests for dinner and dancing. 

The Skyline Level (fourth floor), will feature a grand dining room with service available for as many as 130 people. Private dining and receptions on the terrace overlooking Morningside Park promises to be a highlight of the renovated Faculty House. The Club Room, a private room for 20, offers a more intimate dining experience.

During the 18-month renovation, the 38,000 square feet of meeting and function space has been completely retrofitted inside to support 21st-century technology. Nearly 75 percent of materials from the original structure were refurbished, re-purposed, recycled or donated during the renovation project. 

Conveniently located within walking distance of several neighborhood churches, Faculty House promises to be an even more popular wedding venue upon its reopening as it will feature a new climate control system throughout, updated elevators and lavatories, and additional catering kitchens.

With attractive pricing and “service levels on a par with that of midtown establishments,” according to David Martin, general manager of Faculty House, Faculty House’s renaissance should start as soon as it reopens the day after Labor Day.

Additional information about Faculty House of Columbia University can be obtained by calling (212) 854-1200.