May 12, 2015
An Architect's Rendering of the New Pendleton West Building

Changes are coming to Pendleton West! The building will soon begin to undergo a series of renovations and updates, including a complete overhaul of existing space and an approximately 10,000-square-foot addition. Join the project team and architects today, Tuesday, May 12, for an open community meeting to learn more about the project. The meeting will take place in Knapp Atrium from noon to 1 PM. Lunch will be served.

Named for Wellesley’s sixth president, Ellen Pendleton (class of 1886), Pendleton Hall opened as a science building in 1934. Science filled the building’s classrooms well into the 20th century when it became home to the fine arts.

While historic elements—like the engraving of the word Chemistry over the entry door—will remain, the building will be transformed in service of both visual and musical arts. The reimagined building will bring together studio disciplines with shared needs and promote creative dialogue and cross-disciplinary collaboration across the arts. The space will incorporate classroom, studio, and rehearsal spaces to accommodate the needs of Wellesley’s emerging and traditional media programs.

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