Cathy Deely, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 617/278-5184, firstname.lastname@example.org
Kristi Sprinkel, CBT/Childs Bertman Tseckares Inc. , 617/646-5287, email@example.com
Stefania Canta, Renzo Piano Building Workshop, ++1 39 010 61711, firstname.lastname@example.org
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and the Renzo Piano Building Workshop Announce
the Selection of CBT/Childs Bertman Tseckares Inc. as the Local Architect for the
Museum’s New Building Project
New building will preserve the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum’s historic palace and collection while
supporting programs for visitors, artists, scholars and students
NOVEMBER 20, 2006, BOSTON—The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and the Renzo Piano Building Workshop
announced today the selection of the Boston firm CBT/Childs Bertman Tseckares Inc. as the local architect for the
Museum’s new building project. The proposed project will help to preserve, protect, and enhance the historic integrity
of the Museum’s most significant historic and cultural resources while providing much-needed space for visitor
services, administrative needs, and programming. The new space will include an exhibition gallery, a performance hall,
orientation space, education classrooms, a café, gift shop, greenhouses, offices and conservation labs.
“CBT is honored and excited to work with the Gardner Museum and the distinguished Renzo Piano Building Workshop
to create a new building that will allow the Museum to better preserve the historic palace and Isabella Stewart
Gardner’s world-renowned art collection for future generations,” says Richard Bertman, a founding principal of CBT
and a leader in Boston’s preservation community.
“We are confident that the architectural team of the Renzo Piano Building Workshop and CBT will create a new
building that will not only be a work of art for the city of Boston, but will also support preservation and programming
to ensure the Gardner Museum remains the vibrant cultural center that Isabella Stewart Gardner intended,” says Anne
Hawley, Norma Jean Calderwood Director of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.
CBT/CHILDS BERTMAN TSECKARES INC. • www.cbtarchitects.com
CBT/Childs Bertman Tseckares Inc. is a professional design firm providing services in architecture, interior design, and
urban design. Founded in 1967, CBT employs over 200 professional and support personnel. The practice includes the
design of office, residential, academic, civic, and hospitality buildings, and a variety of interior spaces.
The firm has received over 150 awards for excellence and creativity in the design of new buildings and master plans
and the renovation of existing structures. The recipient of a special commendation from the National Trust for Historic
Preservation—the only such award given to an architecture firm—CBT has won particular critical acclaim for the
ability to adapt older buildings to new uses, including institutional and academic projects. CBT has designed
renovations to a number of buildings listed in the National Register of Historic Places, including: the John Adams
Courthouse (Boston, MA); Exeter Street Theatre (Boston, MA); Rufus Choate House (Salem, MA); Mount Washington
Hotel (Bretton Woods, NH); and Ritz-Carlton Hotel (Boston, MA). The firm also completed the restoration of the
Thomas Crane Public Library in Quincy, MA, which was designed by H. H. Richardson, and the award-winning
renovation of Pendleton Hall, a classroom building at Wellesley College.
ISABELLA STEWART GARDNER MUSEUM • 280 The Fenway Boston MA 02115 617.566.1401 www.gardnermuseum.org
Modeled after a 15th-century Venetian palazzo and centered around a seasonally changing interior courtyard garden,
the century-plus-old Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is home to one of the most remarkable art collections in the
world, featuring works by Rembrandt, Titian, Raphael, Michelangelo, Botticelli, Degas, and Sargent. Uniquely and
personally arranged by Isabella Stewart Gardner to fire the imagination of all who visit, the museum also presents
contemporary and historic exhibitions, America’s oldest museum music program, visiting Artists-in-Residence, and
innovative school and community partnerships that provide ongoing inspiration.