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Northfield Mount Hermon School — Rhodes Center for the Arts
Gill, MA
60,000 SG
Visual/performing arts building

A co-ed boarding school accommodating grades 9-12, Northfield Mount Hermon School was previously located on two separate campuses. A recent consolidation brought the entire school to its Mount Hermon campus in Gill, MA. Lacking a visual and performing arts facility, the school needed a new Center for the Arts to accommodate its expanding arts curriculum.

The new music, drama, dance, and visual arts center will include a 250-seat concert hall, a 280-seat main stage theater, a 100-seat drama/dance studio theater, two dance studios, and space for choral and jazz rehearsal, offices, and practice rooms. The visual arts portion will contain seven studios for ceramics, painting, drawing, and printmaking, a 2-D graphic design studio, photography lab, and a white room classroom. The concert hall and theaters will incorporate state of the art technology, extending to acoustics, shops, traps, orchestra pit, sprung floors in dance studios, and exhaust systems in the ceramics and photography studios.

Anchoring the western portion of an academic quadrangle, the Center is on an axial plan with Cottage Row, a series of historic dormitory houses, and Alumni Hall, the school's main dining facility. By breaking up roof lines and shaping the structures to the site's sloped topography, the large complex will appear smaller, creating the illusion of a cluster of distinct volumes comprising a performing arts village. Expansive views will be preserved to the school's historic chapel and to the Northfield Hills.