Carr Elementary School 
Newton, MA

Completion: September 2014

Renovation: 45,000 SF

Grades: K through Grade 5

Construction Cost: $11 Million

Hallway
Hallway
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Back Kindergarten Wing
Back Kindergarten Wing
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Carr Elementary School
Carr Elementary School
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Stairwell
Stairwell
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Front Entry
Front Entry
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Entry Foyer
Entry Foyer
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Typical Classroom
Typical Classroom
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Lockers
Lockers
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Completion: September 2014

Renovation: 45,000 SF

Grades: K through Grade 5

Construction Cost: $11 Million

Carr Elementary School,
Newton, MA

The Carr School is a decommissioned former neighborhood school, which was utilized as the City’s Cultural Center. This project brought back the former school to serve as an elementary school swing space for the next 15-20 years, after which it will become a full time elementary school. 

 

The scope of work included complete modernization of building systems, replacement of roofs, windows and doors, as well as limited additions and renovations to meet the needs of a modern elementary school program.  The completed project includes a new elevator addition, full handicapped accessibility, and substantial energy efficiency upgrades. A small addition provides two kindergarten classrooms.  

 

The unique architectural features of this 45,000 SF structure (built in 1934 and added to in 1966) were retained and restored to the greatest extent possible, including the impressive cupola structure.

 

Although not a designated historic structure, care was taken to remove incongruent materials that were added through insensitive renovations over time and restore classrooms to their original state with high ceilings, large double-hung windows, and linoleum flooring.