Abbott Dining Hall

The Lawrenceville School | Lawrenceville, New Jersey

The transformative renovation of the 1960’s-era Fifth Form dining hall at this prestigious independent school was designed to promote love and loyalty within the context of the school. Responding to the style of the adjacent Upper House dorm and other Peabody & Stearns architecture around the historic circle at the entrance to campus, the reconfiguration blends seamlessly into the Lawrenceville aesthetic with its new brick facades and pitched slate roofs supported by glulam beam trusses.

White oak paneling, terrazzo flooring and over-scaled fireplaces complete the vision. The custom white oak furniture and booth seating were carefully considered for flexibility of layout to meet a wide variety of uses. The kitchen and serveries have been completely redesigned as well. The enlarged terrace provides outdoor seating options for mealtime and special events. With its memorabilia-lined entry hallway, lounge, and private dining areas, the hall was conceived as an exclusive space for proud seniors to socialize, dine, and reflect on their years at Lawrenceville.


Honorable Mention - Institutional Design, East Pennsylvania ASID Interior Design Awards, 2020
Commercial, Civic, and Institutional Architecture Award Winner, ICAA Stanford White Awards, 2020
Honorable Mention, IIDA PA/NJ/DE Interior Design Awards, 2019
Best Educational Institutional Project Award, General Building Contractors Association, 2018
Excellence in Craftsmanship Award, General Building Contractors Association, 2018


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Size: 13,000 sf
Budget: $8 million


Architecture, Interior Design, Landscape

Abbott Dining Hall

The Lawrenceville School | Lawrenceville, New Jersey

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