New England Conservatory | Jordan Hall
Client | New England Conservatory
Project Location | Boston, MA
Project Size | 110,000 s.f.
Date of Completion | Fall 2009
Budget | $16 million (approx.)
Boston Preservation Alliance Preservation Achievement Award (2010)
The New England Conservatory is the oldest independent school of music in the United States, founded in 1867.
Wessling Architects was hired to restore the exterior of the 1903 National Historic Landmark Jordan Hall building, which includes three performance halls. Restoration of the exterior masonry included limestone repair and replacement, repointing mortar joints with historically appropriate mortars, and delicately performed masonry cleaning. Replacing damaged portions of the original African marble columns and rosettes on the façade required diligent research and selection of a close match from Italy.
Original windows on the public facades were carefully removed, restored, and reinstalled. All of the restoration work was performed in strict accordance with the Secretary of the Interior Standards for Historic Preservation, and reviewed by the Massachusetts Historic Commission to assure the long term historic integrity of this National Landmark.