Mount Holyoke College, Pratt Hall Music Building

South Hadley, Massachusetts

  • FIRM

    Miller Dyer Spears


    Mount Holyoke College

  • AREA

    32,000 sq.ft.





Comprehensive renovation of this cherished 1908 music department building totally reconfigures the interior and adds up-to-date teaching spaces while preserving its historic character. Interior reorganization, a new elevator and circulation routes link the formerly detached building elements into a cohesive, functional whole.

A glazed addition provides a new large ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$156.25FEATURED IN2001 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYRenovation and studio offices, and presents a vibrant contemporary image along the path to residence halls across the lower lake. The planning and site development addressed site conditions of nearby river and lake, wetlands, tennis courts and surrounding site utilities.

The Stevens Music & Dance Library was expanded to consolidate dispersed collections. New wood-paneled reading and computer areas overlook the river landscape, and stacks are nestled in the brick foundation alcoves. The McCulloch Auditorium has new interior finishes, stage, window and acoustic treatments, greenroom, audiovisual and support systems. The redesigned front entrance retains its traditional neo-Gothic portal and provides universal access, while the west facade entry opens into a glazed two-story lounge that serves as an anteroom to the library.

Performance, practice spaces, classrooms and offices have been acoustically isolated, with new air-conditioning and mechanical systems.