Pomfret School Gym, Pomfret, Connecticut - addition and renovations

The Pomfret School gym complex: The Corzine Athletic Center, The Olmsted Student Union, and the 1965 basketball court, looking northwest. The central brick building is the old Lewis Gymnasium of 1912, designed by Ernest Flagg. The building was completely gutted, and now houses  the Student Union, with Tuck Shop, Day Student Lounges, on the upper floor; the school store, and radio station on the middle level; and visiting team lockers, trainer space, conference room, on the lower level.  To the right / north is the 1965 basketball with locker rooms and athletic supply. The locker rooms and showers were completely redesigned, not least to recognize the fact that the school has been co-ed since 1970 .  To the the left / south are skylights, in the grass terrace, over eight new squash courts. The project includes a large exercise room with wrestling room under a planted roof.  Photo: Pomfret School

The Tuck Shop, now the Olmsted Student Union, under the refinished roof structure of the old Lewis Gym.     Photo: Pomfret School

The Tuck Shop, now the Olmsted Student Union, under the refinished roof structure of the old Lewis Gym.  Photo: Pomfret School

Upper left: the top of the stairs connecting the Olmsted Student Union to the new squash court wing.  Photo: Peter Clement     Upper right: Skylights over squash court gallery.  Photo: Tai Soo Kim   Lower left: the iconic valley view from the school. Photo: Peter Clement  Lower right: the trellis and the old Lewis Gym. Photo: Peter Clement

THE RECTORY SCHOOL, Pomfret, Connectgicut

The Hamilton Dormitories

 The two wings of these new dormitories are made up of modular units: eight to a wing. We added roof overhangs, cupolas and porches to customize the buildings. The two wings are joined by an entrance porch and meeting room. Each floor includes single rooms, a faculty apartment, and a living room. The modular assembly cut three months off of the construction schedule. 

 The two wings of these new dormitories are made up of modular units: eight to a wing. We added roof overhangs, cupolas and porches to customize the buildings. The two wings are joined by an entrance porch and meeting room. Each floor includes single rooms, a faculty apartment, and a living room. The modular assembly cut three months off of the construction schedule. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SEASIDE HOUSE ADDITION, POOL HOUSE, GARDEN & POOL
This complex design includes an addition to a recently built house on Long Island Sound,as well as an expanded garden, 
entertainment terrace, an
 elevated pool terrace and pool, with a Pool House and three-car garage below.

The original house with the addition facing the camera. The owl is surveying the new curved pool terrace wall.        Photo: Peter Clement

The original house with the addition facing the camera. The owl is surveying the new curved pool terrace wall.  Photo: Peter Clement

A view  from the original covered porch  to the new Crow's Nest, seen beyond the face of the new addition. The curved Pool terrace is beyond. 

A view from the original covered porch to the new Crow's Nest, seen beyond the face of the new addition. The curved Pool terrace is beyond. 

Looking north, the Family Room addition triples the size of the previous living space on the first floor. A circular stair, far right, connects to the ground floor.

Looking north, the Family Room addition triples the size of the previous living space on the first floor. A circular stair, far right, connects to the ground floor.

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The Family Room, looking south. The doorway on the left used to be the door to the outside.     Photo: Peter Clement

The Family Room, looking south. The doorway on the left used to be the door
to the outside. 
Photo: Peter Clement

The new Pool / Guest House, with the Main House and addition beyond. The pool is between. 

The new Pool / Guest House, with the Main House and addition beyond. The pool is between. 

The Pool / Guest House includes a galley kitchen, with laundry, powder room and shower behind. Above is a loft sleeping area.

The Pool / Guest House includes a galley kitchen, with laundry, powder room and
shower behind. Above is a loft sleeping area.

The pool and pool house with views out to Long Island Sound.

The pool and pool house with views out to Long Island Sound.

The View

The View

 

 

"Without Peter Clement's skill, experience, and patience, we would be nowhere near as pleased and happy with our Madison home as we are."

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NEW STUDIO & GARAGE
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eplacing a garage, designed for Model T's, with a two-car garage, with considerable storage space. Upstairs is a working Studio, with kitchenette and bath. The size and proportions of the building match the early houses on the block, designed around 1875, when the street was developed.

The original garage was designed for one Model T, then two Model A's. The space was taken over by garden implements and rabbits, as modern cars enlarged.  

The original garage was designed for one Model T, then two Model A's. The space was taken over by garden implements and rabbits, as modern cars enlarged. 

A two-car garage, with storage space to compensate for a perpetually wet cellar in the house, with studio space above.

A two-car garage, with storage space to compensate for a perpetually wet cellar in the house, with studio space above.

We modified Ikea bookcases with top pieces, to tie them together as a unified piece. The large window imitates the hay door on a old barn. The gyrfalcon is keeping watch. 

NEW STUDIO & GARAGE
A 1970's garage was removed and replaced with a new garage with studio above. The new structure is located on
the centerline of the parcel, to provide crucial clearance for the Town's "Accessory Building" setbacks. 

Before

Before

After

After

Garage / Studio showing stair to second floor.

Garage / Studio showing stair to second floor.

Revised terrace behind the house.

Revised terrace behind the house.

Balcony entrance to the Studio, seen from the house.

Balcony entrance to the Studio, seen from the house.

Belvédère - Tadoussac - QC:  A summer & weekend cottage on the St. Lawrence River, in a historic district. Fortunately I had noticed how handsome
the traditional curved metal roofs of the area were, before I learned that they were required. The cottage has a master bedroom on the first floor, and two bedrooms on the second. The full basement has an access door at the left end of the house. 
Photos Peter Clement

The house sits on the highest portion of the property, and has views of the Saguenay River, where it meets the St Lawrence. The front porch has a screened-in portion, to fend off the black flies in June. 

The house sits on the highest portion of the property, and has views of the Saguenay River, where it meets the St Lawrence. The front porch has a screened-in portion,
to fend off the black flies in June. 

A view from the eating area to the Living room. The posts define the circulation path from the Master Bedroom to the Kitchen. 

A view from the eating area to the Living room. The posts define the circulation path from the Master Bedroom to the Kitchen. 

First Floor Plan: Master Bedroom to the left, Dining and Kitchen on the right. Living Room in the center, with its two-story space. 

First Floor Plan: Master Bedroom to the left, Dining and Kitchen on the right. Living Room in the center, with its two-story space. 

Second Floor Plan - two guest bedrooms, with shared bath. The X indicates the opening between the1st and 2nd floors. 

Second Floor Plan - two guest bedrooms, with shared bath. The X indicates the opening between the1st and 2nd floors. 

View of The  Saguenay River  fiord and Tadoussac harbor. 

View of The Saguenay River fiord and Tadoussac harbor. 

 
The East Elevation. CAD drawings: Peter Clement

The East Elevation. CAD drawings: Peter Clement

LIBERTY STREET ADDITION & RENOVATION - A Garden Room addition to a c.1840 house, with alterations to the interior. 

Addition at the rear of the house.

Addition at the rear of the house.

The kitchen table with Garden Room beyond. 

The kitchen table with Garden Room beyond. 

The kitchen from the family room, The wall was opened up between the rooms, removing need for a roundabout trip.

The kitchen from the family room, The wall was opened up between the rooms, removing need for a roundabout trip.

The new kitchen island and cabinets, with new Garden Room beyond. 

The new kitchen island and cabinets, with new Garden Room beyond. 

COVE HOUSE - Renovations

A house in an exclusive seaside enclave was an experiment in up-to-date materials in 1957, when it was built. The use of aluminum windows, with no historical references, i.e. shutters, etc. left the house with no distinguishing characteristics. Given its spectacularly beautiful site, with water on three sides, the house looked aggressively banal. The new owner advanced the look and function of the house in two stages: New windows (wood framed, simulated divided lights), with new shutters (of a weather-resistant material); and a complete revision of the kitchen and pantry; plus a new Billiard Room over the garage.

Before - View of the south facade. The screened porch was taken off, the windows replaced, and shutters added.  

Before -
View of the south facade. The screened porch was taken off, the windows replaced, and shutters added.
 

After - View of the south facade. Note the addition of a retractable awning, replacing the screened porch. Note the  new bay window in the living room, to the right. 

After -
View of the south facade. Note the addition of a retractable awning, replacing the screened porch. Note the  new bay window in the living room, to the right. 

The addition of the entry porch gives the house the focus it lacked. 

The addition of the entry porch gives the house the focus it lacked. 

North Entry - before. Note flat roof over garage to the right. 

North Entry - before. Note flat roof over garage to the right. 

A new billiard room was built over the garage, with a new back door to the mud room, pantry & kitchen.

A new billiard room was built over the garage, with a new back door to the mud room, pantry & kitchen.

The original layout favored setting up the dining table and serving, with the kitchen relegated to the back of the house. 

The original layout favored setting up the dining table and serving, with the kitchen relegated to the back of the house. 

The kitchen was moved to the south (up), a new window overlooks the cove to the south. At the back is an eating area, homework desk, mud room / laundry, and a new room over the garage dedicated to pool.

The kitchen was moved to the south (up), a new window overlooks the cove to the south. At the back is an eating area, homework desk, mud room / laundry, and a new room over the garage dedicated to pool.

The original pantry, with no window to the south, giving a claustrophobic feeling. 

The original pantry, with no window to the south, giving a claustrophobic feeling. 

The original kitchen: dreariness was the order of the day. The window became the doorway to the new billiard room, and a new window at the left provides more light. 

The original kitchen: dreariness was the order of the day. The window became
the doorway to the new billiard room, and a new window at the left provides
more light. 

All the cabinetry was custom built. The owners are both passionate about cooking. 

All the cabinetry was custom built. The owners are both passionate about cooking. 

The tray ceiling provides a suitable setting for the full-sized pool table, and period lights.  

The tray ceiling provides a suitable setting for the full-sized pool table, and
period lights.
 

The new back door to the pantry and kitchen. 

The new back door to the pantry and kitchen. 

 

Renovation + Restoration

BATTELL CHAPEL RESTORATION  Yale University - Herbert S. Newman Associates:
The chapel was built in 1875, with a bell tower and narthex added shortly thereafter, designed by Russell Sturgis, Jr. Interiors were designed by George Fletcher Babb, and J. Cleveland Cady designed the south expansion in 1893. Herbert S. Newman Associates were initially hired to simply bring the building up to code: ramps, handrails, exit lights, etc. I discovered period photos in the Yale library archives, showing the original elaborate Victorian stenciling patterns. Not surprisingly, they were in black and white. I photographed some remaining colored stenciling, and made a presentation board to show the client that the building was much reduced in impact by the overpainting, and the aging process. We were given to OK to proceed with the expanded scope, while fundraising was begun. 

Battell Chapel Before - looking west from the 1893 balcony. As a matter of changing tastes, the original stenciling of 1875 had been painted over, perhaps in the 1920's, to imitate an ashlar stone interior. Water damage and soot had rendered the interior as nothing short of a mess.

Battell Chapel Before - looking west from the 1893 balcony. As a matter of changing tastes, the original stenciling of 1875 had been painted over, perhaps
in the 1920's, to imitate an ashlar stone interior. Water damage and soot had rendered the interior as nothing short of a mess.

Surviving stenciling was cleaned. These original patterns had been applied on canvas, glued onto a wood ground: an inverse Gothic canoe.

Surviving stenciling was cleaned. These original patterns had been applied on canvas, glued onto a wood ground: an inverse Gothic canoe.

Looking east, before the south balcony was added. When the second (and third) organs were installed in the balcony to the left, the old organ and its imposing screen were removed. Note the gas lights on the walls.    Photo: Yale University Archives

Looking east, before the south balcony was added. When the second (and third) organs were installed in the balcony to the left, the old organ and its imposing screen were removed. Note the gas lights on the walls. Photo: Yale University Archives

We uncovered the original stencil patterns, made templates and had the walls cleaned and repainted, matching the original colors. Gold and silver leaf highlights were re-applied.      Photo: Peter Clement

We uncovered the original stencil patterns, made templates and had the walls cleaned and repainted, matching the original colors. Gold and silver leaf highlights were re-applied.   Photo: Peter Clement

We brought a new organ screen to the apse, even as the modern service required the altar to be moved to the chancel, to be closer to the congregation, and on the same level. The apse area is a venue for small services and concerts. New sconces replicate the originals.      Photo: Norman McGrath

We brought a new organ screen to the apse, even as the modern service required the altar to be moved to the chancel, to be closer to the congregation, and on the same level. The apse area is a venue for small services and concerts. New sconces replicate the originals.  Photo: Norman McGrath

The original stenciling was described by Montgomery Schuyler, an influential critic of the time, as being, "…one of the most beautiful interiors to be found in the whole range of modern American church architecture,"  and praised their "symphonic" colors.

The renovation project was given a National Honor Award by the American Institute of Architects.  

We added chain to the chandeliers and lowered them about six feet, to put them in view. The Chapel seats 1,100, and is a popular venue for music, symposia, weddings and religious services, of all denominations.    Photo: Michael Marsland

We added chain to the chandeliers and lowered them about six feet, to put them in view. The Chapel seats 1,100, and is a popular venue for music, symposia,
weddings and religious services, of all denominations. 
Photo: Michael Marsland

GROSVENOR HOUSE RENOVATION - The Rectory School - Tai Soo Kim Partners

The Rectory School was founded in 1920, in the “Rectory,” or rector’s house, next to Christ Church, in Pomfret, CT. It soon outgrew its first home, and the rector / headmaster was able to buy the house and property across the street: the Col. Thomas Grosvenor house, built in 1792, and expanded by a Philadelphia businessman in 1892. Thomas S. Harrison,a chemical and paint manufacturer, more than doubled its size and opened up some of the older spaces in a Colonial Revival style. The school is a junior boarding school, serving 5th through 8th and 9th grade boys and girls, in a charming, and unspoiled, New England town.

The Col. Thomas Grosvenor House in the 1890's, after Thomas S. Harrison had doubled the size of the house, in a Colonial Revival style. 

The Col. Thomas Grosvenor House in the 1890's, after Thomas S. Harrison had doubled the size
of the house, in a Colonial Revival style. 

The shaded area indicates the 1792 house. The rest was added in 1892. The grids indicate the ceiling patterns.  CAD drawing by Peter Clement.

The shaded area indicates the 1792 house. The rest was added in 1892. The grids indicate the ceiling patterns. CAD drawing by Peter Clement.

Known as the Main House, the building came to serve as the home of the administration, admissions, the business office, and some classrooms. The demands of offices in the former residential spaces left the house looking less than appealing: the building lacked warmth and its inherent colonial charm was lost under years of alterations, sprinkler piping, and inherited Gilded Age furniture. Given the age of the applicants, I persuaded the school that the charm of the New England Colonial House could be enhanced to emphasize the feeling of “home.” After some gentle persuasion, the project went ahead.

The entry hall before, opened up by Harrison. The room came to be occupied by outsized furniture, including a bench inside the fireplace, that detracted from a residential atmosphere. 

The entry hall before, opened up by Harrison. The room came to be occupied by outsized furniture, including a bench inside the fireplace, that detracted from a residential atmosphere. 

New paint colors, carpeting, lighting, furniture, chandeliers, combine to completely refresh this room. The far doorway was opened up to permit direct travel to the dorms & dining hall to the north.

New paint colors, carpeting, lighting, furniture, chandeliers, combine to completely refresh this room. The far doorway was opened up to permit direct travel to the dorms & dining hall to the north.

The central rooms of the Colonial house were made into a two-story Colonial Revival Hall by the Harrison family after 1892.   We re-routed stray sprinkler piping, and removed surface-mounted wiring to display period paneling. 

The central rooms of the Colonial house were made into a two-story Colonial Revival Hall by the Harrison family after 1892. We re-routed stray sprinkler piping, and removed surface-mounted wiring to display period paneling. 

The lounge as Faculty Lounge. The old library balcony was filled-in, with railroad  rails, thus the sag,  as structure: the pipe column had new work to do. The passage became a doorway. 

The lounge as Faculty Lounge. The old library balcony was filled-in, with railroad rails, thus the sag, as structure: the pipe column had new work to do. The passage became a doorway. 

Reproduction chandeliers from Period Lighting, new period furniture from Eldred Wheeler and Douglas Dimes, give the room an authentic colonial and residential air.

Reproduction chandeliers from Period Lighting, new period furniture from Eldred Wheeler and Douglas Dimes, give the room an authentic colonial and residential air.

The Harrison family Library became a lounge for the new Rectory School, after 1926.  Note the white pipe column in all three photos: here it holds up the old library balcony, 

The Harrison family Library became a lounge for the new Rectory School, after 1926. Note the white pipe column in all three photos: here it holds up the old library balcony, 

The lounge remains a meeting place for teachers and students, on the school's main thoroughfare. Note new paint, furniture, carpeting and lighting. We opened up the doorway to the west end of the house, to recognize its heavily-travelled status. As for the pipe column: we left well-enough alone. 

The lounge remains a meeting place for teachers and students, on the school's main thoroughfare. Note new paint, furniture, carpeting and lighting. We opened up the doorway to the west end of the house, to recognize its heavily-travelled status. As for the pipe column: we left well-enough alone. 

The Death of General Warren at the Battle of Bunker's Hill ,  17 June 1775 , by John Trumbull, 1786. The figure at the right is an injured Col. Thos. Grosvenor, builder of the house, and friend of the painter. .  Image: Yale University Art Gallery. 

The Death of General Warren at the Battle of Bunker's Hill, 17 June 1775, by John Trumbull, 1786. The figure at the right is an injured Col. Thos. Grosvenor, builder of the house, and friend of the painter.. Image: Yale University Art Gallery. 

I proposed to the headmaster that his office should be more modern in appearance, to relieve the air of "old." He was enthusiastic. The suite was improved with relocated doorways, brighter paint colors and new carpeting. The furniture, by Thos. Moser and Eldred Wheeler, is modern but elegantly reflects designs of the colonial period. Included in the work was an improved reception and secretarial area, and a renewed conference room from an old sun porch. New lighting, both modern and period, and the new custom millwork bookcase, are vast improvements over the existing design.

Before:  the headmaster's desk was at the north windows, and the conference table was to the south. 

Before: the headmaster's desk was at the north windows, and the conference table was to the south. 

After:  the headmaster meets with visitors in front of the fireplace. 

After: the headmaster meets with visitors in front of the fireplace. 

Before:  t he conference table and chairs were replaced, and moved to a renewed sun porch.

Before: the conference table and chairs were replaced, and moved to a renewed sun porch.

"Without a doubt, the best part of working with Tai Soo Kim has been Mr. Peter Clement. In his role as lead architect, he listened carefully to the school and its constituencies and effectively blended and in-corporated this information into his vision and proposals. Moreover, he has taken a special "ownership" of the process that has been of incredible value to the school.

 
After:  the Head has a new Thos. Moser desk, and custom work surface and bookcase behind. 

After: the Head has a new Thos. Moser desk, and custom work surface and bookcase behind. 

When he walks onto this campus it is as if he is walking into his own home and he proceeds accordingly. Perhaps in part because of this special relationship with the school and its campus, Peter has proven to be a very effective advocate for and manager of the creative and construction processes."  

Andrew Gray, Director of Finance and Administration

 
Rectory School - Library Expansion. The student meet daily with their tutors. The spaces between the   windows are for their use. The twin shades can reduce glare or darken the room. A new computer science room was opened up from the adjacent wing.    

Rectory School - Library Expansion. The student meet daily with their tutors. The spaces between the windows are for their use. The twin shades can reduce glare or darken the room. A new computer science room was opened up from the adjacent wing.

 

Rectory School - New Dining Hall. The old dining hall was in a heavily modified barn from the original Grosvenor farm, with two floors of dorm rooms above. The new building is made of two splayed wings, with kitchen, serving and dishwash on the left, and dining on the right. The space in between easily accommodates the swarm: the only way to describe a boarding school mealtime. The dining room has a dividable section that can be used for board / faculty meetings, etc.

Rectory School - New Dining Hall. The old dining hall was in a heavily modified barn from the original Grosvenor farm, with two floors of dorm rooms above. The new building is made of two splayed wings, with kitchen, serving and dishwash on the left, and dining on the right. The space in between easily accommodates the swarm: the only way to describe a boarding school mealtime. The dining room has a dividable section that can be used for board / faculty meetings, etc.

Rectory School - New Tang Performing Arts Center. 

Rectory School - New Tang Performing Arts Center.