September 29, 2022

Stephen Kieran on the Folger Shakespeare Library Renovation

Photo by Lloyd Wolf

As our renovation of the Folger Shakespeare Library continues, Partner Stephen Kieran joined Folger Director Michael Witmore and Anneliza Kaufer of Olin for a discussion on the project's architectural vision scope.

"What we're doing with this work is to make it anew for a new time and a new age, so that it can go forward," said Kieran. 
Originally designed by Paul Philippe Cret, the renovation will be in "conversation" with Cret's vision for the Folger. 
"The rooms are interconnected; they add to, not change, each other. They expand the story, not contract the story," said Kieran.  
"That's what great renovation is. It's about a conversation across time with admired predecessors, expanding their work for new times and new audiences." 
The completed renovation will include new spaces for exhibitions and programs for the public, teacher workshops, collaborative research, and more. 
Read additional insights from their conversation on the Folger's website or watch the recording below.