Renovations to the Harris Music and Teaching Center at 855 Commonwealth Avenue, along with a new printmaking studio and classrooms at 808 Commonwealth Avenue, were completed in 2009. Print and graphic artists are welcomed into lofty, naturally lit studios and music students have access to plentiful private practice rooms and group learning spaces, together with hangout spots for spontaneous jam sessions.
In 2012, the concept of establishing a new iconic College of Fine Arts on the BU Charles River Campus was revisited. The program included several new iconic spaces for visual arts, music and theater. This project was completed through Schematic Design to help the school define a budget for the work and aid in fundraising efforts.
Wilson Butler completed the renovation of the Art Gallery, Movement Studio, and Theater Lab in 2021 as a result of the earlier design effort in 2012. As part of this project, we updated the façade including bringing back the oversized windows that were filled in over 40 years ago, which now enliven the streetscape and the gallery’s presence along Commonwealth Avenue.
For the first time in 50 years, the building has a strong visual connection that invites engagement with the public.
This project phase has been honored with the 2022 Mayor Thomas M. Menino Legacy Award from Preservation Massachusetts for its contributions to historic preservation in Massachusetts.
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