Commonwealth Chateau

Chestnut Hill College | Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The Commonwealth Chateau & Lodge (previously known as Sugarloaf) was built as a private estate in 1925, modernized in the 1950’s, and converted into a conference center by Temple University in 1969. Chestnut Hill College purchased the estate in 2006 in response to increased enrollment. Our scope involved two phases: first, to convert the guest lodge into student housing, and second, to transform the mansion into multi-purpose facility with classrooms, a dining hall, and the amenities necessary to allow it to function as a venue for conferences and special events.

The lodge became co-educational housing reserved for upperclassmen, with 32 rooms equipped with private bathrooms and a student lounge in the adjacent building. The interior improvements to the mansion required enlarging the existing dining room and upgrading the commercial kitchen so that it could serve both students and special events, creating classrooms that could double as conference retreat rooms, and providing accessibility throughout the mansion with reconfigured corridors, renovated restrooms, and a new elevator sensitively inserted into the existing building. Historic finishes were preserved and restored to retain the character and the history of the building, with new finishes complementing the existing features of the space. The 1950’s changes to the front façade were removed and the original design was reconstructed based on information gleaned from archived drawings and photos.

Interior Design completed in association with Executive Interiors.

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PROJECT DETAILS

Size: 17,200 sf
Budget: $4.9 million

SERVICES PROVIDED

Architecture, Interior Design, Historical Preservation

Commonwealth Chateau

Chestnut Hill College | Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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