Breslin Architects was honored with an “Award of Merit” from the American Institute of Architects/Eastern Pennsylvania for the renovation and expansion of this school. The project was also recognized for “Design Excellence” by the American School and University.
The original Charlestown Elementary School was constructed in the 1920’s. A major addition was completed in the 1960’s which was designed by the noted Philadelphia Architect Oscar Stonorov. The challenge in renovating and expanding this building was to maintain the wonderful architectural quality of the Stonorov design.
The existing complex is organized around a central courtyard which contains a rain garden. Glass corridors defining the courtyard offer excellent views into it and the surrounding countryside while providing orientation to the students throughout the 65,000 square foot complex.
The new classrooms take advantage of the existing bay window design to provide ample amounts of natural light. The amphitheater transforms the courtyard into an outdoor classroom, further enhancing the vitality of the space and the intent of the original design.