The Same But Better


Traditional Building wrote about the renovation of the Millbrook School Dining Hall, located about 90 miles north of New York City. The co-ed boarding school needed a space with enough room for all students to sit down and eat together; the original dining hall, constructed in 1934, was no longer sufficient. Even though a new building was going to be required, the Head of School and Trustees still wanted to ensure that it had the same look and feel — that it fit in with other buildings on campus. They wanted returning alums to think of the space as “the same, but better.”

Natural light from Marvin windows and doors helps open the space up. The windows line the corridor leading into the dining hall, and the hall itself is lit by them on both sides.

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