The Family Room at Waverly Heights

“The family room and adjoining bar are what the Manor House would have had if it were designed today.”

The Process

Upgrade the existing family room and provide a bar for before and after-dinner libations. The Family Room, a space which serves as the public reception area for Waverly, was seen as cold, cavernous and unwelcoming. By working with the administration and the Resident House Committee, City Invincible would find a way to reduce the scale of the room, in part through the addition of a small bar, and make it into a safe, welcoming space.

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  • Public Reception Room & Bar
  • Concealed TV & Upgraded AV
  • Grand Manor style


Moldings, casings and trim were added to adorned walls inspired by the Manor House – the beloved, stately mansion on campus and namesake of Waverly Heights. A balcony and fireplace reduce the scale of the room, making it cozier. Furniture and finishes were selected with the aging population in mind, where function is concerned, while maintaining a Residential and Hospitality design sense. A chair-height bar anchors the oak-paneled Pub Room: a space that serves ancillary bar functions while doubling as a lunch area and table-games venue. The bar also faces the Family Room, providing a counter for bar service and buffet area. The House Committee was initially unsure of the bar feature but, since its completion, it has proven to be one of the most popular locations on campus.