Charlestown Elementary School

Malvern, Pennsylvania

The original Charlestown Elementary School was constructed in the 1920s. A major addition was designed by Philadelphia architect Oscar Stonorov and completed in the 1960s. The challenge in renovating and expanding this building was to maintain the architectural quality of the Stonorov design.

The existing complex is organized around a central courtyard. Class ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY466COST PER SQ FT$138.00FEATURED IN2004 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYRenovation offer excellent views into the courtyard and the surrounding countryside, while providing orientation to the students throughout the 65,000-square-foot complex. The organization of the classroom wings around this corridor system establishes a comfortable distance between the older and younger students.

In response to the existing building, the main entrance addition is a glass pavilion leading directly into the corridor system. New lighting and finishes, including the vaulted ceiling in the library, brighten the building’s previously dated interior. The new classrooms take advantage of the existing bay window design to provide ample amounts of natural light. The amphitheater transforms the courtyard into an outdoor classroom, further enhancing the vitality of the space and the intent of the original design.