New Haven Public Schools : New Haven, CT
Constructed in the early 20th century, and named after Augusta Lewis Troup, a significant New Haven union leader, this neighborhood school to generations of New Haven children was restored and reconfigured to increase its efficiency, transforming many unneeded service spaces into offices, building new science laboratories, and creating a new, larger library. The large, sloped floor auditorium was stripped of its balcony and redesigned as a flat-floored multi-purpose meeting, performance and teaching space for drama and music.
Our opportunity to transform the character of the school into a place that spoke of a new educational vision was limited to a new gymnasium, to which we added a stair tower and boiler room. We arranged these elements in a loose composition, with the massive, somewhat forbidding original building as a backdrop. Yellow-orange brick and glass, these forms create a new place of identity and entry for the school.
Honor Award, Built Category
American Institute of Architects/Connecticut