Boston – Finegold Alexander Architects’ Goodhart Hall renovation project at Bryn Mawr College was recently named No. 16 in the “25 Most Amazing Campus Arts Centers” list by College Degree Search. The college “was built in 1928 and has maintained a look of classical beauty through recent renovations,” states the article.
The Finegold Alexander-designed renovations and addition marry the historic architecture of the building with modern theater technology. The Art Center’s stage was extended by 25 feet, improving sight lines and creating a more intimate performance venue. Cushioned seating was installed, and state-of-the-art theatrical lighting and sound systems were added.
“Code upgrades were accomplished in an efficient and nonobtrusive manner, which is always a careful nuance in the renovation of a historic building,” notes Nancy Goodwin, principal, Finegold Alexander Architects.
The addition included a new teaching or “black box” theater, a scene shop, and a glass-encased atrium for use as an additional entrance and lobby space. Where the acoustics and sight lines of the building were once deemed too poor for most events, users from across the campus are now booking space in the building for theater, lectures, and assemblies.