lower school

Horace Mann

Riverdale, NY

22,000 SQ FT


Through a limited competition, HSA was selected to develop a two phase renovation program that implemented strategic renovation projects over several summer periods. Renovations to the Lower Division campus of the Horace Mann School presented the challenge of bringing organization and updated technology to a 90-year-old campus of interconnected buildings.

The first phase was the renovation of the Lower School Library, which forms the heart of the school as a resource center for students, teachers and parents, a classroom and an after-school space for students. HSA redefined the spaces to improve circulation and introduced colors and materials to create a warm and inviting environment. Window seats, playful upholstery and furniture, warm indirect light and a circulation desk with book display define a variety of spaces for reading, meeting, study and informal teaching.

In the second phase of the project, the school's First Grade classrooms were consolidated through the relocation of the Technology and Art Departments.