The 1920s Sprague School, closed for 30 years, was restored and expanded substantially to accommodate Wellesley’s growing elementary school population. The design is sensitive to the surrounding neighborhood, with roof lines and massing in the addition scaled to match the original building. The front of the 1920s building was redesigned to be pedestrian-friendly, CAPACITY396COST PER SQ FT$197.00FEATURED IN2003 Architectural Portfolio children who walk to school.
At the heart of the restored building, a library opens up former attic space, exposing the original roof trusses above the vaulted ceiling. The cozy space features a bay window with a bench where students can curl up with a favorite book. A new cafeteria and music and special-education rooms also occupy the original building.
Because the site slopes steeply away behind the original building, the addition is a full two stories. A kiosk and covered walkway mark the new entrance, which serves school buses as well as parent dropoff. Administration, nine classroom pairs with shared project rooms, art and a gymnasium with a separate exterior entrance for after-hours use comprise the addition.