Peabody Essex Museum

The Engagement

Smith + St. John has maintained a continuing involvement with, and commitment to, Peabody Essex Museum since the beginning of 2011. The firm was initially hired to direct the renovation and historic preservation of the Phillips Library, an internationally known rare book and manuscript library which occupies 45,000 square feet of space in a pair of conjoined 19th century buildings. A close working relationship developed quickly and our role was expanded substantially beyond that of the initial engagement.

The Relationship

As an adjunct member of PEM’s senior staff, we have been entrusted with additional responsibilities including directing, or supporting as an in­-house team member, a range of activities: