Wolcott School entailed the adaptive reuse of a 1926 three-story masonry building into a private high school for students with learning differences. The 32,000 sf school was designed to support individual learning styles in a community environment. Balancing the building’s historical context with the desire to create a welcoming educational facility became important in making architectural decisions.
The existing iconic exterior was retained and updated. Interior spaces were transformed to open up circulation and increase natural light. Classrooms, group and private study rooms, and offices were organized around an existing three-story fireplace. On every floor this central space became a place for circulating, communal gathering, and relaxation. A larger communal addition extends beyond the existing structure in the form of a multipurpose space and new entrance to welcome students.
photography – steve hall / hedrich blessing