The gift is in celebration of the 150th anniversary of King + King Architects. Founded in 1868 by Archimedes Russell, King + King Architects is the oldest architectural firm in continuous practice in New York State and two years older than Syracuse University.
â€śWe are delighted to have this support for the renovation and renaming of the Architecture Reading Room in Slocum Hall,â€ť says Seaman. â€śIt will give new life to an essential library resource in the daily lives of our architecture faculty and students.â€ť
The gift will change the space dramatically, adding a technology-laden seminar space, a new circulation desk, a new HVAC system and installation of updated library shelving. The fund also supports the spaceâ€™s maintenance, collections, technology and other needs through the creation of an endowment.
In recognition of the Kingsâ€™ generosity, the reading room will be renamed the King + King Architecture Library. The library is slated to undergo renovation over the upcoming winter semester break. A grand opening of the space will occur during the spring semester of 2018.
â€śThe story of King + King Architects, as well as the King Family, is interwoven with the story of Syracuse University and the School of Architecture,â€ť says Speaks. â€śIndeed, you cannot tell one without the other. From the numerous projects the firm has completed on campus, to the six King family members who received a professional degree from the school, the two institutions are closely tied. We are thrilled for this bond to have a physical manifestation in the King + King Architecture Library. We give our deepest thanks to Russ and Jiggy King, as well as King + King Architects, for enabling this transformational project.â€ť
With King + King Architects being two years older than Syracuse University, the two institutions have collaborated closely over the past 150 years. Notable campus projects where King + King served as architect include: Holden Observatory, Crouse College, Tolley Humanities Building, the Physics Building, Heroy Geology Laboratory, Manley Field House and Bird Library. A full list of completed projects can be found below.
In addition, numerous members of the King Family are graduates of the Syracuse University School of Architecture. They include: Harry A. King â€™24; F. Curtis King â€™24; Russell A. King â€™52; Peter G. King â€™77; James R. King â€™77; and Alex S. King â€™11. The firmâ€™s current CEO/managing partner, Kirk Narburgh, is a 1990 M.Arch graduate of the school and an adjunct professor. Peter King â€™77 serves on the School of Architecture Advisory Board. (by Pamela Whiteley McLaughlin)
King + King Architects Projects on Syracuse University Campus
1889â€“Von Ranke Library (Tolley)
1952â€“Lowe Art Center (now part of Schine)
1958â€“Regent Theatre Complex
1958â€“Graham Dining Center
1959â€“804 University Avenue
1972â€“Heroy Geology Lab
1972â€“Henry Health Center
2009â€“Carmelo Anthony Basketball Center
2016â€“DellPlain Residence Hall Renovations