John F. Kennedy Library Foundation

JFK Library Legacy Gallery Renovation

Project at a Glance

Boston, MA


i-k Design

Project Type


Project Overview

  • Gallery renovation within an occupied presidential library and museum
  • Refreshed the visitor experience by incorporating interactive multimedia displays
  • Increased functionality of the space with structural, HVAC and M/E/P system upgrades

The JFK Library’s Legacy Gallery celebrates the accomplishments that have been inspired by the legacy of JFK’s life and administration. The project, in collaboration with the i-k Design team and the library’s in-house designers, transformed the space by adding interactive multimedia, updated lighting and finishes and improving the existing structural and HVAC conditions to incorporate new, more functional casework for better display of artifacts. The design has taken the previously dark and outdated space to a beautiful and easy experience for visitors, telling stories through various documents, videos and objects—including a 12-foot rectangular section of the Berlin wall.

Project scope included the removal and salvaging of existing millwork and the installation of new millwork, finishes, doors and hardware, flooring, drops and fixtures and wall repair and painting. Consigli’s self-perform division conducted selective demolition of the gallery’s M/E/P systems with careful attention to adjacent occupied space. Negative air machines and heat detectors were utilized to mitigate impacts of construction dust and noise since the library and museum remained fully occupied throughout the project.