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St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Seminary


The Seminary aspires to be the premier center of Orthodox Christian scholarship and pastoral education and to operate as an exemplary Orthodox Christian institution.  The Father Georges Florovsky Library is considered one of the richest resources available on this continent for research on Eastern Christianity. The collection is especially strong in the areas of Orthodox Church history, theology, philosophy and culture, music and art.  In addition to this vast resource of physical materials, patrons of the Library also enjoy digital access to the American Theological Library Association Serials (ATLAS) Database.

Tappé Archiects, Inc., in association with W. Hall Partnership, designed the new Library/Administration building for St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary College in Crestwood, NY.

To reduce the massing of the 27,000 SF facility on the small, sloped site, the building was designed on three levels and stepped into the hillside. Nearly half of the building is underground as it is set into the hill, yet allows natural light to penetrate while patrons have views into the courtyard.



Our school clients rely on us for full spectrum services from system wide feasibility studies to school planning and construction. We understand current trends in educational curriculum and the evolving requirements of specialized learning. This expertise is reflected in many completed new and renovated academic facilities for both public and private schools. Our designs are unified around the goal of creating carefully scaled and engaging learning environments flexible enough to support both group and individual learning.



National and international clients turn to us for informed current thinking on library design. We have acted as the prime Architect and also as a consulting designer for library projects throughout the country, enabling us to share our expertise in a broader geographic area. Our collaborative approach, combined with our understanding of innovations in library design and the delivery of library services ensure that our libraries are vital and dynamic facilities, transforming individual lives and enhancing communities.



Colleges and universities have engaged Tappe Architects to assist with diverse projects such as student centers, libraries, learning commons, dormitories and laboratories as well as campus master plans. Our list of clients includes MIT, Wellesley College, Endicott College, Tufts University, Curry College and Norfolk State University. We have acted as Architect-of-Record and as consulting architect on academic library design and interiors. Appreciated for the quality of our service, we have completed multiple projects on the same campus.



Whether an art museum or event space, we are always interested in taking on engaging projects of all types. We have completed many municipal projects including a combined police/fire station, town halls and studies for combined municipal facilities – often several for the same community. Our portfolio includes residential facilities as well as spaces for retail and hospitality. All of these various commissions have in common a rigorous and collaborative planning process and elegant and thoughtful execution.