Re-imagination of the historic Red Barn will provide Mitchell College with a center for campus activities that will enrich the life of the college and the surrounding community.

A former working barn on the popular Michael’s Dairy at Mitchell, Red Barn’s recreation is the first project identified by Centerbrook’s master plan for the 65-acre waterfront campus.

The reimagined Red Barn will become a hub of student activity. Designed as a flexible space, the 4,800-square-foot building will include a black box theater, a common space for student life, and study halls. The theater space can be transformed for lectures or as a banquet facility. With an adjacent landscaped greensward, Red Barn can also be used as an outdoor performance venue.

The college also envisions Red Barn connecting to the New London community. Not only will it become an attractive rental space, but the black box theater can serve as a venue for Flock Theatre and other community cultural programs.

A structural evaluation of the original Red Barn proved it unfit for renovation. A new Red Barn will be constructed in the same footprint, replicating many of the original characteristics.