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
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
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.
"Without Peter Clement's skill, experience, and patience, we would be nowhere near as pleased and happy with our Madison home as we are."
NEW STUDIO & GARAGE
Replacing 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.
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.
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
LIBERTY STREET ADDITION & RENOVATION - A Garden Room addition to a c.1840 house, with alterations to the interior.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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