SPRAGUE MEMORIAL HALL
Yale School of Music
New Haven, 2003
470 College Street
New Haven, Connecticut
Yale University School of Music
$15.0 million (USD)
A major regional drama company intersects with the academy on a 19th century Toronto industrial heritage campus, resulting in a uniquely animated 24/7 place.
At the center of Yale, just off Cross Campus, Sprague Memorial Hall embodies the greatness of the university’s music programme. It is an architectural treasure, requiring the architect’s deft hand.
ART + DIALOGUE
The users of this space – Dean Robert Blocker, faculty, administration, students – were involved from the beginning, thus ensuring that the perfect combination of technical improvements was incorporated.
Without compromising the heritage qualities of Sprague Hall, the following transformations were incorporated:
- Subtle visual integration of the lobby to the street, making the building’s public space more accessible and inviting
- Window treatment to isolate sound and enable full light or blackout for operettas
- New control room, sound and light locks and score reading locations
- Morse hall outfitted as a recording studio
- Performance lighting
- Invisible upgrade to systems and finishes
KPMB ARCHITECTS: Thomas Payne (partner-in-charge), Chris Couse (senior associate), Judith Taylor (associate), Margaret Graham, David Poloway, Aaron Letki, Jill Greaves
Patrick Pinnell Architect (consulting architect), LZA/Thornton Tomasetti Engineers (structural), Altieri Sebor Wieber LLC(MEP/FP), R. Lawrence Kirkegaard and Associates (acoustics), George Sexton Associates (lighting), Theatre Projects Consultants (performance lighting), Vermeulens Cost Consultant (cost), Bruce J. Spiewak (fire and life safety), Towers/Golde with Cornelia Hahn Oberlander (landscape)