Cambridge, Massachusetts

Harvard Divinity School
Swartz Hall

The result of our initial Master Plan for Harvard Divinity School (HDS), the rejuvenated Swartz Hall creates a new campus gateway and center for the School’s spiritual, academic, and social life.

The 1911 building is fully rehabilitated, with a two-story expansion replacing a previous addition. At the ground level, a new accessible entrance and dining commons with a café and fireplace lounge welcome students and visitors. Climate-controlled storage for library special collections is provided on the lower level. The upper level provides a 200-seat multipurpose room, serving as a convening space for both HDS and the University. The original five-level library stack wing is redesigned to provide three levels of classrooms, workplace, and a new multifaith worship and meditation room reflecting the broad faith traditions of HDS.

The design reflects HDS’s commitment to sustainability and environmental stewardship. The existing granite building envelope is upgraded to exceed current efficiency standards using internal insulation, a seamless air barrier, and new high-performance windows. A new underground mechanical plant accommodates heat recovery and direct outside air handling units.

Client
Harvard Divinity School
Status
Completed 2021, LEED Platinum (Pending)
Project Size
Renovation | 61,000 GSF
New Construction | 12,500 GSF
Program
Chapel, Multifaith Space, Classroom, Seminar, Library/Special Collections, Commons/Café
Awards
SCUP, Award for Excellence in Architecture for Building Additions, Renovation or Adaptive Reuse
Preservation Massachusetts, Robert H. Kuehn Jr. Award
A sky-lit gallery outside the second-story multipurpose room provides breakout space for classes and events and serves as a new lobby for the library.
“There are places to sit and chat outside the library or the classrooms, and it’s providing us a space to socialize, to experience each other in a way which we didn’t have the last year and which is as essential to the student experience as sitting in the classroom.”
— Swati Chauhan, Student, M.T.S. '22
Harvard Gazette, October 6, 2021

Our Process

Ann Beha Architects, now Annum Architects
Project Team
Ann Beha FAIA, Philip Chen FAIA, Ed Rice AIA, Amit Oza AIA, Ji-Hye Ham AIA, Ian Miller AIA, Mark Pantano (ABA/Annum); Altieri (MEP/FP), Structures North (Structural); Nitsch Engineering (Civil); Stimson (Landscape); Sladen Feinstein (Lighting); Acentech (Acoustics, AV, IT); Simpson Gumpertz & Heger (Envelope); Code Red Consultants (Code); Ricca (Food Service); Atelier Ten (Sustainability); Syska Hennessy (Elevator); Daedalus (Cost Estimating); Kalin Associates (Specifications); Shawmut Design and Construction (Construction Management); Peter Vanderwalker (Photography)