“ . . . Reuse was done very creatively . . . loved historical components . . .”
The rehabilitation of Ennis Hall renews an important historic building and creates a new home for the art department. By converting a historic residence hall into art studios, classrooms, gallery and faculty offices, the project met a significant programmatic need and reintroduced a once-important historic resource to a new generation of students. It creates an exceptional learning environment for art that transforms a building and the outlook of a department. By removing parking and restoring the landscape, the project reconnects a once isolated parcel to the fabric of the campus. The new landscape design, inspired by the historic landscape, creates an active greenspace for art education and visually connects the new home of the art department to the main campus lawn. The integration of the program under one roof has increased collaboration between disciplines and paved way for new ones, such as graphic design, to become available to the students. The amount of interest from prospective students has also significantly increased. Use of the restored balconies, as extensions of the studios, and of the lawn, as critique space, increase visibility of the art program and energize this area of campus.
“Currently in our fourth semester at Ennis, the breadth and quality of our students’ work is improving exponentially and guests of our frequent public receptions enjoy a welcoming atmosphere,” says Bill Fisher, Professor & Chair, Art Department. “Ennis Hall is once again one of our brightest jewels, giving full acknowledgement of its 1917 past while offering modern academic space and technology to the current teaching needs of our university,” says Steve M. Dorman, President.
Lord Aeck Sargent; also Palmer Engineering; Robert & Company; Newcomb & Boyd; Garbutt | Christman; Welsh Color and Conservation