New Housing for St. Paul’s School

Published on May 8th, 2013

Centerbrook has completed Conceptual Design for two student housing projects at St. Paul’s School in Concord, New Hampshire. The first project is a new residence hall for 30 students with a pair of two-family faculty houses attached. The second project is an addition and renovation of Kittredge Hall, a student and faculty residence complex.

The all-new residence hall is intended to complete a long-awaited quadrangle on a site facing Library Pond, a central and natural feature of the campus. It will be a two-story building consisting largely of double rooms. At the ground floor, a large common room with a kitchen will be the center of student life, while at the second floor a well-equipped lounge will provide a haven for quiet study. Two faculty residences will be attached to the residence hall, each containing two faculty apartments with from one to four bedrooms. The faculty units will have their own array of amenities, such as private patios. The new residence hall is designed to be sympathetic to the school’s aesthetic, which in this particular location is characterized by the Georgian style of the nearby Drury House.

St. Paul’s also engaged Centerbrook to study the Kittredge Residence Hall, which was built in the 1970s. Designed by Edward Larrabee Barnes in a contemporary style, the building underwent several renovations during the last 40 years. Working closely with the St. Paul’s community, the Centerbrook team studied the building’s three residential “pods,” each one housing 20 students, and four associated attached faculty apartment blocks. Centerbrook’s proposal addresses the living arrangements within the student pods and also adds a new common room to enhance student life and one new faculty apartment block.

The Centerbrook design team was led by Partner-in-Charge Chad Floyd, FAIA, and Hank Altman, AIA, the Project Manager.

St. Paul’s School, a coeducational boarding school for grades 9 through 12, was founded in 1856 as a place for humane but rigorous education within a setting of natural beauty. Located 68 miles north of Boston on 2,000 acres of woodlands, fields, and ponds, St. Paul’s is home to 537 students and 101 faculty members, all of whom live on the grounds.