Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects retained the technical services of Richard Turlington Architects to create a new front door for Vassar College’s Main Building, circa 1861. We simply cleared the lower level space and introduce a new groin vaulted ceiling to make the space feel as tall as possible. Simple slate flooring was used in the main space and into the flanking corridors. All the walls were painted white. The overall impact was an elegant, powerful and “heavy” room that defines the iconic entry for this prestigious college.