Colony Hall Renovation, The MacDowell Colony, Peterborough, NH
2015 Recipient of the Rick & Duffy Monahon Award for Design Excellence in Architectural Restoration and Preservation – AIA New Hampshire Excellence in Architecture Design AwardsThis project required renovating the community center and dining hall of this 100-year-old residential artists colony. A venerable building created from a recycled heavy-timber barn frame, it had suffered inevitable deterioration over time: poorly conceived additions that blocked incoming sunlight, a rudimentary kitchen, limited accessibility, and a building envelope ill-equipped to meet the energy conservation goals of today. Our challenge was to develop a planning strategy that would underwrite our clientís priority for energy conservation. Strategically placed new additions provide high-quality new construction along vulnerable northerly building exposures, while targeted demolition admits southern light to areas previously cut off from solar gain. A resulting majority of new exterior walls were then constructed and insulated to achieve R-30 values, complemented by an R-50 roof.
The architecture reflects its New England heritage in terms of scale and volume, yet is clearly the work of our own time, rather than being an imitation of the past.
Contractor: Bruss Construction, Bradford, NH
Design Team: S. Pennoyer, D.O’Neil, Dan Eldredge
AWARDS & ACCOLADES
Rick and Duffy Monahon Award for Design Excellence in