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Columbia University - World Room

The 2,500 SF World Room, located on the second floor of the Graduate School of Journalism’s Pulitzer Hall, overlooks Broadway. The McKim, Mead and White designed space serves a wide variety of functions, including meetings, special events and classes. Most notably, it is the venue for the selection of the Pulitzer Prize recipients. A mid-century renovation of the space included the addition of artifacts from the offices of Joseph Pulitzer’s then defunct New York World newspaper. Subsequent renovations reconfigured the space as a television studio, obscuring two windows and much of the original detail.

BRB's design intent was to clarify and refine the relationship between old and new. The full-height windows opposite the entrance (closed-up since the renovation) now open up to views of Broadway. A new oak floor to match the original, new wainscot and trim were added to restore elements of the original space. A stained-glass window, salvaged from Pulitzer's New York World newspaper headquarters, was restored, naturally illuminated and given a place of prominence in the room.