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Baton Rouge Magnet High School Historic Renovation / Addition

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Baton Rouge Magnet High School Historic Renovation / Addition

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Baton Rouge Magnet High School Historic Renovation / Addition

Interior Architect
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Chasm served as the Interior Architect on this award-winning, historic renovation and addition project located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The 1927 landmark high school was saved from demolition by dedicated alumni and concerned citizens. The project included a full rehabilitation and renovation of the existing 100,000 sf school and a 200, 000 sf addition.
Chasm successfully maintained the interior character of the existing school and blended these concepts with 21st century design elements. The Media Center, located on the second floor of the addition, bridges the gap between the existing and new areas of the building. Providing the perfect backdrop to the angular, wood ceiling and tear drop light, the terra cotta detailing on the upper floors of the existing building are visible through the Media Center’s clerestory windows. This level of complex planning is evidence of a great teaming strategy between the prime joint venture team and Chasm Architecture.
The beautiful 1,300-seat theater was carefully detailed and restored to its original character. Along with the original plaster and ornamentation throughout this wonderful space, the large gothic windows that had been covered up for years were completely restored to their original glory. Two new, sophisticated black box theaters were also added to expand the high school’s performing arts curriculum.
This one-of-a-kind project also includes a signature 24-hour radio station, dance studio, music rooms, modern classrooms, art rooms, labs, gymnasium, dining area, multipurpose rooms and much more. Awarded the Gold Rose Award by the Baton Rouge Chapter of the American Institute of Architecture, this project is a signature project in the Baton Rouge community and Chasm Architecture played a critical role in its overall success.

Category
Education
Distinction
AIA Baton Rouge Gold Rose Award – 2013
Location
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Cost
$50,100,000
Square Foootage
305,036