The Gatehouse, former summer residence of the Storrow Family, has been the welcoming point to the early 20th-century estate, stable and carriage house, as well as a garage for early automobiles. For the past 50 years, Carroll School used the building for a series of standard classrooms and offices on its Lincoln campus.
Carroll School’s expanded project-based learning curriculum required access to maker spaces, fabrication equipment, traditional art materials, green screen, and digital editing tools. What better home for hands-on coursework than a classic location for tinkering and building – the garage. The Gatehouse was carefully and cost-effectively renovated to house the School’s specialized curriculum that gives students access to equipment and collaboration space.
While providing for current and future technological advancements in creative making, the renovation also shepherded the building itself with a careful restoration of the original façade. The three major openings, infilled over time, were restored with solid wood carriage doors, welcoming visitors and students to campus. All three doors can be opened – seamlessly connecting interior learning spaces to an exterior courtyard.
A central gallery corridor is an arterial connection from the courtyard entry to the learning spaces at the edges, both bringing the student work forward and enticing visitors and students to enter with color and pattern on floors and walls, glass folding partitions, and topically accessible technology. The Gatehouse, once the primary point of entry to a historic estate, is once again a portal to forward-thinking teaching and learning spaces.