Cultural & Institutional

The Boston Conservatory | Hemenway Building

The Boston Conservatory | Hemenway Building
Boston, MA

The Boston Conservatory
Bruce Martin

The Boston Conservatory, a small institution of 535 students, trains artists for professional careers in music, dance, and theater. When the Conservatory outgrew its current facilities, located in several buildings on The Fenway, it engaged Handel Architects to provide master planning and programming studies, including the use of a vacant lot next to the existing campus theater. This led to the design of a new addition of 15,000 square feet on the vacant lot, coupled with an extensive renovation of the existing performance facility of 23,000 square feet, to create a single performing arts building with studios, practice spaces, a theater, rehearsal space, offices, and classrooms - The Hemenway Project.

The Project serves as the point of intersection for the school's three major disciplines; it provides a "Heart of School" for The Boston Conservatory. The new addition creates four new large-volume studios on four levels and reconfigures the theater with improved backstage areas, a new orchestra pit, ADA accessibility, additional bathrooms, and a dramatic front lobby. New rigging, audio, and lighting systems will be included, along with renovated rehearsal studios and production spaces.

Performance is one of the primary points of contact between The Boston Conservatory, its surrounding community, and the greater Boston area. The new Hemenway Project will greatly improve this interaction while also providing students with a central, state-of-the-art space to gather, practice, and perform.