Beginning June 3, the grand nave of Sterling Memorial Library — a destination for thousands of students, scholars, and campus visitors each year — will be renewed and restored, thanks to a $20 million gift from Richard Gilder ’54 and his wife, Lois Chiles.
The restoration honors outgoing Yale University President Richard C. Levin and his wife, Jane A. Levin, lecturer and director of undergraduate studies for the Directed Studies Program.
Gilder, founder of the brokerage firm now known as Gilder Gagnon Howe & Co. LLC, has for many years worked closely with the Levins to advance the University’s mission.
“I have the deepest respect and appreciation for the way Rick has steered his beloved alma mater through many difficult times,” Gilder said. “Today, Yale is firmly on the path to continued excellence, thanks to Rick’s consistent vision and leadership.”
Designed by Helpern Architects, the restoration will encompass the full interior of the nave, including the card catalog areas to the south, the north space adjacent to the Selin Courtyard, and the area behind the circulation desk.
Read more about this extraordinary undertaking on YaleNews at: http://news.yale.edu/2013/05/30/renewing-architectural-temple-mind-new-generation