Carroll Center for the Blind, Technology Classroom Building

Newton, Massachusetts

  • FIRM

    Tappé Associates Inc.


    Carroll Center for the Blind

  • AREA

    9,600 sq.ft.





The Carroll Center for the Blind is an internationally recognized school for individuals with visual impairments. The programs concentrate on life skills and professional training.

This new facility has a number of functions, including computer classrooms and a distance-learning lab, faculty offices, a multipurpose room for presentations and school gatherings. It ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$230.00FEATURED IN2002 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYSpecialized six single-occupancy rooms for visiting students and faculty who reside on the campus for short professional-training programs.

The school occupies a 19th-century estate with administration housed in an old horse stable. A critical aspect of the design was to create a contemporary building that complements the character of the campus buildings while reflecting the mission of the new building as a cutting-edge computer training facility.

The architectural concept was to create an intimate, “outdoor classroom” achieved by separating the building into three distinct masses with a two-story academic wing, a 1½-story multipurpose room and a one-story residential wing. The mixed-use nature of the building is revealed in the new quadrangle that in scale remains sensitive to this small campus.