Bowdoin College
Studzinski Recital Hall



Studzinski Recital Hall


Bowdoin College


Brunswick, ME




20,060 GSF


The Arts, Renovations + Additions

Transforming an historic McKim, Mead, and White swimming pool into a new 282-seat recital hall, this project involved a radical renovation of the interior and a light touch restoration of the building’s exterior. A large acoustic volume was carved out of the existing structure and transformed into a more intimate, oval-shaped “vessel for music.” The hall’s design accommodates a range of musical programs including classical music, jazz, world and electronic music, and multimedia screenings.

Having a beautiful place, dedicated to performance, tells students visibly that we are serious about music.

Mary Hunter, Professor of Music, Bowdoin College


Recognizing the important role of Music and the Arts to a liberal arts education, we designed the building to meet the unique needs of student performers. Further, the Recital Hall was viewed as a place that brings the Bowdoin community together, a place of gathering and celebration. To this end, the Hall was conceived of as a warm, inviting space with natural birch woodwork and filled with natural light.

It’s a hall in which the acoustics are so wonderful you can hear the last ring of the piano. You can hear a whisper.

Cristle Collins Judd, Fmr. Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Music, Bowdoin College

Awards + Recognition

2012 National AIA-CAE Education Facility Design Excellence Award

2011 BSA Sustainable Design Award

2009 BSA Recognizing Opportunity Citation for Adaptive Reuse Project

2008 National AIA-CAE/SCUP Excellence in Architecture Honor Award for Restoration and Preservation

2008 AIA New England Design Excellence Honor Award

Project Consultants

Structural Engineer | LeMessurier Consultants, Inc.

Mechanical / Electrical Engineer | TMP Engineering

Civil Engineer | TMP Engineering

Landscape Architect | Carol R. Johnson Associates

Interior Designer | Lab [3.2] Architecture

Lighting Consultant | Horton Lees Brogden Lighting Design

Theater Consultant | Theatre Projects Consultants, Inc.

Acoustical Engineer | Kirkegaard Associates

AV Consultant | Kirkegaard Associates

Photographer | Robert Benson, Bowdoin Archives

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