The Phi Beta Epsilon Renovation and Expansion at MIT
In the summer of 2013 Picture Renewal was commissioned to scan and restore approximately 100 photographs and documents from Phi Beta Epsilon’s archives. It was a major undertaking done in concert with their building restoration and construction of a new wing.
Among the dirty, dusty, smelly and torn albums and photos were some fascinating examples of 19th and 20th century studio portraiture and daily life on campus. A great line drawing of the original facade and a hand painted coat-of-arms were especially challenging.
Picture Renewal is proud to point out that a project of 100 pieces or 1 is treated the same! Each photo and document scan, restoration and custom print is done one at a time with care and respect to the original media and historical and emotional context. Each is unique and valuable. No push button factory here!
Seeing our custom prints (from 10” up 40”) framed and beautifully hung in the old and new buildings was a thrill!
The wall mural designed by PBE and MIT alumnus Brian Hunter was particularly rewarding to see.
Working on a project of this magnitude and with other professionals is a true joy. I wish to thank the architects at Epstein Joslin Architects and photographer Neil Alexander for allowing me to use samples of their beautiful work.
A special thank you is due Mark Beasman, MIT '75. Co-Chairman, PBE Vision 2020 Capital Campaign.