Wellesley College, Pendleton Hall

Wellesley, Massachusetts

  • FIRM

    CBT Architects


    Wellesley College

  • AREA

    55,000 sq.ft.





The architect provided interior design for the renovations to Pendleton Hall, a 1930s Collegiate Gothic Revival classroom and office building within the main quadrangle of the Wellesley College campus. The $12 million project included redesign of the 50,000-square-foot interior, as well as a new formal entry for the building.

The east wing of the building is now ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$218.18CITATIONBronze CitationFEATURED IN2001 Educational Interiors2001 Architectural PortfolioINTERIOR CATEGORYClassrooms to the social-sciences department, which includes sociology, anthropology, political science and economics. Five classroom types, with advanced audiovisual systems, were designed to accommodate a variety of teaching styles: case method, flexible, amphitheater, computer and seminar.

The project also included faculty offices, lounge spaces, a film-editing seminar room and support projection facilities, social-science research labs, anthropology labs and a complete upgrade of all building systems. Various lounge and open seating areas were key features in the design, and serve to encourage students and faculty to meet outside formal classroom and office environments.

The architect designed a tiered classroom with U-shaped seating for case-method teaching. Clear sightlines allow students to see the instructor, projection, chalkboards and each other with ease. Wiring connections for laptop use were incorporated into the design. A custom-designed podium houses the “electronic brains” of the classroom with controls for projection, audio, lighting and computer interface.

"Soft colors, classic design. Great use of lighting fixtures. Up-to-date classrooms."--2001 Educational Interiors Showcase jury