Wesley Alumni House

The Pennington School | Pennington, New Jersey

The historic campus of The Pennington School still retains the original headmaster’s house from the 1850’s, known as Lowelldon, which today serves as the school’s hub for alumni and development activities thanks to a sensitive restoration and rehabilitation. The building had seen a number of unsympathetic alterations that divided what was once a single-family home into a series of first floor offices for the Admissions Department and a small apartment on the second floor. After the Admissions Department was relocated into more suitable space in Old Main, the fate of the building was uncertain, but a grassroots campaign convinced the school to secure the relocation and restoration of the house. Moving Lowelldon nearly 100 yards across campus enabled construction of a much-needed new academic building.

Working from the original residential layout, we created a series of office and meeting spaces to support Pennington’s Alumni and Development Offices. Insensitive additions were replaced with more appropriate designs, and the windows, heating, and cooling systems were completely replaced to introduce a modern standard of energy efficiency. The porch was completely reconstructed based on historic photos while incorporating full accessibility. All exterior siding, trim, and brackets were replaced with low-maintenance Hardi-plank and polymer products. Basic paint analysis was used to determine colors that most closely matched the original intent – with the addition of a vibrant red, one of the school’s signature colors.

Awards

The Pennington Historical Commission, Historic Preservation Award, 2014

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PROJECT DETAILS

Size: 3,100 sf
Budget: $800,000

SERVICES PROVIDED

Architecture, Interior Design, Historical Preservation, Landscape

Wesley Alumni House

The Pennington School | Pennington, New Jersey

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