Completed in 1907, the Engineers Club building was designed by the architecture firm Whitfield & King and funded by Andrew Carnegie. The club provided a space for engineers to socialize, to share ideas over a casual drink in the comfort of the taproom, and was frequented by notable individuals such as Andrew Carnegie, Herbert C. Hoover, and Nikola Tesla. As home to Ronin Gallery, Bryant Park Place has once again become a space for passionate conversation, education, and celebration of shared interest. Beneath the steel-etched signature of Carnegie himself, the taproom has been transformed into a custom-built space for the care, study, and exhibition of Japanese woodblock prints.
Ronin Gallery worked with Hirsch | Corti Architecture, Think Construction, and top consultants to create a highly designed home for its encyclopedic collection of 17th through 21st century Japanese prints. From museum-grade lighting and flexible exhibition space, to an unceasing attention to material and historical detail, the new space optimizes the conservation of the collection, the preservation of this historic building, and the experience of the collector.
With the ubiquitous white-box gallery nowhere in sight, this New York establishment plants its roots at the intersection of old world gallery charm and contemporary innovation. Although its address has changed, visitors can continue to expect all of the qualities that Ronin Gallery has embodied for the past 45 years—a dedication to quality, connoisseurship, and accessibility in an open and friendly environment–taken to the next level. As turn-of-the century architecture, contemporary design, and Japanese art come together at Bryant Park Place, Ronin Gallery creates an experience as rare as the collection it holds.