St. John’s Preparatory School, Xavier Hall

Danvers, Massachusetts

The Xavier Hall project is a major renovation/addition project on a sprawling 175-acre wooded campus. Xavier Hall was constructed in 1911 as a five-

story academic, residence and infirmary structure in a neo-Gothic vernacular. Xavier Hall was the original educational building on the campus and a significant part of the school’s history; therefore, it was essential to ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$213.80FEATURED IN2006 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYRenovation and revitalize the building. The upper two floors of the residence-hall rooms stood abandoned for the last 30 years and required significant structural and architectural modifications to create state-of-the-art education environments.

The renovations and additions provide much-needed educational and administrative space to a much-loved structure at the heart of the campus.

The renovations to Xavier Hall included new mechanical, plumbing, fire protection, electrical systems and architectural finishes, as well as handicapped accessibility on all floors. The exterior improvements included replacement windows, new copper detailing, slate roof and renovations to the patinated copper spire, the school’s symbol. Handicapped accessibility was provided to the main entry with new brick-clad walls and ramps.

The major addition to Xavier Hall is the 4,000-square-foot Campus Ministry Center on the main level. A stark departure from the neo-Gothic style, the center has floor-to-ceiling glass, brick piers, a soaring, exposed structure and a limestone-clad chapel that serves as an anchor to the complex.