Longy School of Music of Bard College

Cambridge, Massachusetts

  • FIRM

    Wolf Architects, Inc.


    Longy School of Music of Bard College

  • AREA

    8,900 sq.ft.





The architects' challenge was to revitalize two historic buildings and improve their functionality while gaining The Cambridge Historical Commission approval. Program requirements included upgrading the concert hall and adding a vestibule at the main facility, and two doors away, the recently acquired building needed accessibility, practice rooms, and lounge space. ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$150.00FEATURED IN2014 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYSpecialized concerns were paramount and involved aurally isolating spaces and enhancing the sound in the performance hall.


The mahogany and glass entrance at 29 Garden mediates between the 1889 granite landmark and its 1968 wing. Acoustical panels, audio-video equipment, light-filtering and blackout shades, new lighting, and a double-glazed back wall were installed. At 33 Garden, the architects introduced universal accessibility by regrading the site, and restored the exterior and key interior spaces. The basement layout juxtaposes colorful, modular practice rooms and the historic stone wall, with lockers and ceiling panels of bamboo plywood.


The Historical Commission recognized Longy with a Preservation Award.