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For Maya Lin, a Victory Lap Gives Way to Mourning (The New York Times)

Mar 17, 2021 | Art, Press

For Maya Lin, a Victory Lap Gives Way to Mourning (The New York Times)


Renovating a historic building is rarely simple, whether it’s a Brooklyn brownstone or, in this case, the $120 million overhaul of Smith College’s century-old Neilson Library. As any architect can attest, a venerable building’s emotionally attached owners can be far more challenging to manage than the actual construction. But any reservations Maya Lin may have had after being hired in 2015 by Smith to redesign the 200,000-square-foot Neilson fell away as soon as she stepped through its front doors. With a laugh, she recalled her reaction at the time: “This is going to be easy, because this is so bad!”

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