Northfield Mount Hermon School-Rhodes Arts Center
Seat concert hall
Seat main stage theater
Seat drama/dance studio theater
A consolidation brought the entire school to its Mount Hermon campus in Gill.
A co-ed boarding school accommodating grades 9-12, Northfield Mount Hermon School was previously located on two separate campuses in Northfield and Gill, Massachusetts. A consolidation brought the entire school to its campus in Gill.
The concert hall and theaters 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. The new music, drama, dance and visual arts center and space for choral and jazz rehearsal, offices, and practice rooms. The visual arts portion contains seven studios for ceramics, painting, drawing and printmaking, a graphic design studio, photography lab, and a white room classroom.
Anchoring the western portion of an academic quad, the Rhodes 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 appears smaller, creating the illusion of a cluster of distinct volumes comprising a performing arts village.
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