The stained glass windows create geometric shadows on the walls of the fourth and seventh floors at 55 West 13th Street.

Iconic Mannes Windows Find a New Home

No matter where you go at The New School, you’ll see the university’s commitment to sustainability. Look no further than the ornate stained glass windows on the fourth and seventh floors of the College of Performing Arts building.

The windows, which were previously installed at Mannes School of Music’s locations at 157 East 74th Street and 150 West 85th Street, were recovered and reinstalled at 55 West 13th Street by BFA Fine Arts students.

The students were challenged to preserve the iconic history of the windows and modernize them for their new location as part of Recycle Rethink, a project initiated by BFA Fine Arts faculty member Miggy Buck.

“The class project was to re-purpose the windows from Mannes’ previous locations and to make a new piece reusing the windows,” Buck said. “My students learned how to think and work as a group, which helped make the project a success. And Mannes is very happy to have their iconic windows preserved in Arnhold Hall.”

Members of the university community are welcome to check out the windows, which, during the daylight hours, create beautiful geometric patterns on the walls.