Dumbarton Oaks

Washington, DC

Improvements to a World-Renowned Research Institute, Library, and Museum

Dumbarton Oaks is a Harvard University research institute, library, and museum set in a historic mansion that dates to the early 19th century. The institution houses world-class collections of Byzantine and Pre-Columbian art; European artwork and antique furnishings; and a research library with more than 200,000 volumes, prints, photographs, drawings, and other items including an acclaimed rare book collection. Dumbarton Oaks hosts scholarly research, lectures, concerts, and tours throughout the year.

Mueller Associates has completed numerous improvement projects within the historic estate in recent years, including condition assessments, upgrades to the gallery lighting throughout the museum and main house, improvements to the pool and pool house, exterior lighting, and a central cooling and heating plant energy study. Lighting and electrical upgrades within the reading room have included the addition of task lighting for scholars, relocating and refurbishing existing chandeliers, new LED adjustable recessed downlights, and a new dimming system that optimizes daylight harvesting.

Client History

2017: Pool House Emergency Power
2016: Central Cooling and Heating Plant Energy Study
2015: Gallery Lighting and Roof Replacement; Marshall Craft Associates
2014: Reading Room Electrical Upgrades; Cunningham Quill Architects
2014: Pool Loggia and Pump Room; Cox Grae + Speck Architects

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  • I call upon the present and future President and Fellows of Harvard College and all those who determine its policies, to remember that Dumbarton Oaks is conceived in a new pattern…that it is the home of the Humanities, not a mere aggregation of books and objects of art; that the house itself and the gardens have their educational importance and that all are of humanistic value.

    Mildred Bliss
  • I call upon the present and future President and Fellows of Harvard College and all those who determine its policies, to remember that Dumbarton Oaks is conceived in a new pattern…that it is the home of the Humanities, not a mere aggregation of books and objects of art; that the house itself and the gardens have their educational importance and that all are of humanistic value.

    Mildred Bliss