Robert Benson
mount hermon

From the 2022 Architectural Portfolio: The Northfield Mount Hermon School | The Gilder Center

Jan. 20, 2023
Jurors awarded the Center a Special Citation for its exemplary design.

The new Gilder Center in Gill, Mass., is a home for Northfield Mount Hermon students to develop a lifelong love of learning. The science center honors the school's rich architectural history while providing a modern educational environment. The traditional, granite façade of the Gilder Center sits solidly on the green. The stone arch harmonizes the structure with the campus’s existing chapel and symbolizes a gateway to the sciences. Behind the granite façade, the contemporary building gestures toward the Connecticut River Valley. Lifted above glass walls, the upper slate-clad exterior seems to float above the landscape. Drawing from Industrial Revolution mill buildings, its quintessentially New England design resonates with the region’s history of technological innovation.

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