Concord, New Hampshire

St. Paul’s School Friedman Community Center

Our renovation and revitalization of a circa 1928 campus building – originally a dining hall and later the School’s art gallery – as the Friedman Community Center offers a contemporary all-school setting for faculty and student gatherings.

Window openings, previously enclosed, are reopened with new energy-efficient windows replicating original ones installed. On the main level, the original oak-paneled dining hall and lounge are refurbished as program and performance spaces, with a new café and mail center in an adjacent space. Furnishings are movable, and the custom-designed rugs roll and stack for dance events. A suspended plaster ceiling cloud provides acoustic control and incorporates new building systems.

An open central stair, with views to the adjacent river, connects the main level to the glass-walled lower level with its spaces for the Dean of Students, school publications, radio station, and student organizations. A slate-clad entrance connects the lower level to a new riverside terrace with a fire pit and seating, a new campus setting for informal student gatherings.

St. Paul's School
Completed 2017
Project Size
Renovation | 16,000 GSF
Commons, Café, Mail, Seminar, Student Activity, Office
AIA New Hampshire Design Award
Ann Beha Architects, now Annum Architects
Project Team
Ann Beha FAIA, Jason Bowers AIA, Ashley Merchant AIA, Adi Rotter (ABA/Annum); LeMessurier Consultants (Structural); Rist-Frost-Shumway Engineering (Mechanical); VHB (Civil); Halvorson Design (Landscape); Sladen Feinstein Integrated Lighting (Lighting); Acentech (Acoustics); Jensen Hughes (Code); Kalin Associates (Specifications); Peter Vanderwarker (Photography)