A Fresh Start for Reid Hall in Paris

August 28, 2019

Revitalizing Reid Hall for the 21st Century

Reid Hall, home to Columbia Global Centers | Paris, has undergone a series of significant renovations over the past few years. Under the leadership of Center Director Paul LeClerc and Administrative Director Brunhilde Biebuyck, state-of-the-art classrooms have been installed to support the undergraduate and graduate programs that have immersed Columbia students in French language, literature and history for more than 50 years.

The 18th-century rue de Chevreuse building has a new roof and facades, and the repurposed southwest corner building is now home to Columbia's Institute for Ideas and Imagination. The institute, a presidential initiative led by Columbia Professor Mark Mazower, aims to promote collaboration across the arts and academia through fellowships, workshops, conferences, exhibitions and events. Plans are being finalized to create new gardens and restore the Grande Salle.