Jefferson City High School, Renovation and Addition

Jefferson, Georgia

Drawing upon the colonial historic architecture of the town’s namesake, Jefferson City High School in Jefferson, Ga., modeled its extensive facade renovation on the grand promenade at the University of Virginia. White Doric columns and open-air colonnades reminiscent of its Jeffersonian inspiration create grandeur and seamlessly link the existing ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$104.74FEATURED IN2009 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYRenovation with a new performing-arts auditorium. Double-tiered arcades with brick plinth along with front elevation adorn the existing two-story classroom wings.

The breathtaking media center was fashioned from space previously used as an auditorium. The chic interior boasts classical touches such as square columns with fluting, a coffered ceiling, windows with black mullions, an arched entry display, and a free-standing pavilion that serves as the circulation desk. The room is framed from an axis that gives scale and perfect proportion.

The added 14,000-square-feet, 658-seat performing-arts auditorium is a spectacular venue for not only students, but also the entire community. Painted brick, tones of coffee and chocolate brown, and crisp white wains-coting create richness and warmth throughout the interior.