November 5, 2010
The refurbished McKim was celebrated with a series of events, including a black-tie gala, a cocktail reception for the Morgan's Fellows and Young Fellows, an evening reserved for members to preview the building, and a public opening on October 30 with concerts and a lecture by William M. Griswold, director of the Morgan.
The New York Times exclaimed that the restoration "really does inspire oohing and aahing. It looks terrific." Time Out New York listed the opening day as one of the principal activities of a "perfect weekend" in the city.
To watch a time-lapse video of the transformation of Pierpont Morgan's library (the East Room) click here. This video—produced over the course of six weeks—captures the phase of the refurbishment after the electrical work was completed. The carpet is installed, the cases arrive and are assembled by a team of craftsmen, old plexiglas is replaced with new sheets of non-reflective Tru Vue, the lighting is installed and positioned, art works are placed in cases, books are returned to shelves, and cosmetic touches are made to ready the room for the reopening.
There is even more to look forward to in the McKim this fall. As part of the Morgan's holiday program, Charles Dickens's original manuscript of A Christmas Carol, and a first edition of the story will be on view in the library as of November 30. I hope you will join us in celebrating the new McKim during this holiday season!
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William M. Griswold (right), the director of The Morgan Library & Museum, and S. Parker Gilbert, President of the Board of Trustees, gave remarks at the benefit event for the reopening of the McKim building. The event was held the Monday before the building reopened to the public.