Boston Renaissance Charter Public School

Hyde Park, Massachusetts

  • FIRM

    HMFH Architects


    Boston Renaissance Charter Public School

  • AREA

    105,000 sq.ft.



The new Boston Renaissance Charter Public School revitalizes a former industrial site along an underutilized block, which contained a 19th-century, 70,000-square-foot historic heavy timber and masonry mill building and a 20,000-square-foot mid-20th-century metal-siding and concrete block warehouse building. The project utilizes ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY885COST PER SQ FT$228.00CITATIONAdaptive Reuse CitationFEATURED IN2011 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYRenovation building’s best features while adapting them for educational purposes, creating a welcoming, child-focused home for learning while renewing historic structures, all under an aggressive budget.

Classrooms are housed in the historic mill building, where the many restored windows bring daylight into every classroom. Each of the school’s three "houses" occupies its own floor. The warehouse building, with its high ceilings and wide column spacing, was well-suited to house large public and assembly spaces, including a gym, a cafetorium, a library, music classrooms and dance studios.

The two original structures are joined by a 15,000-square-foot addition, which contains a new administration suite, support facilities and some of the Kinder classrooms.

The school is designed to LEED standards, including use of daylighting with an automated dimming system.

"Nice playful intervention on the exterior facade--it declares its transformation. Light-filled, fun, upbeat classroom interiors"--2011 jury