East High School, Renovation and Addition

Columbus, Ohio

  • FIRM

    Moody Nolan, Inc.


    Columbus City Schools

  • AREA

    180,000 sq.ft.





The school is a circa-1920 neoclassical structure. The challenge of this project was adding a large gymnasium toward the rear of the building, renovating the historic structure to accommodate the addition, and maintaining the essential elements and character. It was necessary to reorient the circulation of the building to accommodate new entrances on the ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONASSOCIATED FIRMSchooley Caldwell ArchitectsCOST PER SQ FT$133.00FEATURED IN2010 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYCommon AreasSUB CATEGORYRenovation side while respecting the historic entrances.

The decision was made to treat the rear as a fourth facade instead of the back of the building. The gymnasium is separated from the school with an atrium that creates new entrances and resolves accessibility; much of the original north facade is visible inside the atrium.

New cross hallways were developed, which tie the new building to the original circulation spine at the center of the building. The historic auditorium now is accessible from both sides, preserving the original lobby while embracing the new atrium as a gathering and prefunction space.

Other significant historic spaces were preserved. The original library with its high, segmentally arched plaster ceiling was returned to use as a media center with new technology.