Pennington Interiors | Pennington, NJ
For many years Pennington’s Admissions department has been housed in what was originally the headmaster’s house. Beloved for its family feel and history on campus, the space in Lowellden was too small, in poor physical condition, and isolated from the rest of the administration, lending to the school’s mounting need for a new, designated admissions suite that could support their recruiting goals and institutional mission. Part of VMAs campus master plan involved relocating (lifting and shifting the intact structure, protected by Township historical ordinances) and repurposing the house as the new home for the Alumni and Development Office. This shift coincided with the opportunity to relocate Admissions closer to the also-historic Old Main, a historic building that had been serving as the school’s academic hub, and which the comprehensive plan had located senior administration offices. The new space needed to offer the same accessible, comfortable quality of the old Lowellden house while responding to Pennington’s need for the type of prideful meeting and reception space expected of a thriving admissions department.
Restoration of the west wing of Old Main included replicating historic trims, restoring lost archways, and installing new salvaged wood flooring. The waiting area now occupies the former site of the school’s first library and features historic references to that space throughout its interior. A complete mechanical and electrical systems overhaul provided a more comfortable and efficient modern workplace; new and antique furniture pieces were carefully paired to create a durable space that feels at once authentic and practical. New offices and a new kitchen, copy room, restroom, and storage room were incorporated in the suite to establish a stand-alone facility to support admissions events of every nature.
Completion Date: Winter 2016
Size: 7,600 sf