Boston, MA

Little Building at Emerson College

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Owner/Developer
Emerson College
Architect
Elkus Manfredi Architects

Emerson College’s Little Building underwent its first overhaul in over 100 years. From decades of deterioration, the falling façade needed stabilization consisting of repair, replacement and restoration; furthermore the building needed a new seismic lateral resistance system. Expanded floor space to the south and an added 13th floor increased accommodation from 748 to 1,044 beds and provided larger social spaces. The design team lacked crucial information due to limited existing drawings, previous renovations, and concealed structure. Therefore, a major analysis of the entire structure was conducted. The renovation mirrored historically significant features of the façade while leaving historic landmarks undisturbed.

National Award of Merit (2023) Society of American Registered Architects 

Design Award of Honor (2023) Society of American Registered Architects New York Chapter

Honorable Mention, Excellence in Architecture for Rehabilitation, Restoration or Preservation (2023) The Society for College and University Planning

Honor Award for Design Excellence (2021) Boston Society of Architects

Winner, Restoration & Renovation (2021) Architecture MasterPrize

Honorable Mention, Spaces and Places Category (2021) Fast Company Innovation by Design Awards

People’s Choice Award (2021) Built Environment Plus

Winner, Preservation Achievement Award (2021) Boston Preservation Award

American Architecture Award (2020) The Chicago Athenaeum Museum 

Award of Merit in Specialty Construction (2018) ENR New England