The Wheeler School on College Hill is an independent K-12 school with a strong tradition for performing and visual arts. ABA’s design for the Gilder Center for the Arts gathers all of the School’s arts-related programs on the campus into one 35,000 sf facility. The neoclassical Wheeler Hall, one of the campus’ first buildings, was renovated to house fine arts studios and a black box theater. Designed with a flexible demountable platform system, the 175-seat theater is supported by a new audience reception area, rehearsal studio, dressing rooms, costume storage, and scene shop. A new building next to Wheeler Hall provides six music classrooms, a recording studio, practice rooms, and a 400-seat stepped assembly space. The buildings are joined by an interior street that creates a new north/south campus connection.
A contemporary design, the new building balances the scale, material, and massing of Wheeler Hall, creating a dynamic new focus on the south edge of the campus, both for the School and for the surrounding community. This is Ann Beha Architect’s third building designed for the Wheeler campus, the outcome of ABA’s 2007 Campus Master Plan.
Providence, Rhode Island