Rounding the bend on King’s Lane, one witnesses the impressive transformation that has occurred at the Houghton House Estate over the summer with the addition of The Katherine D. Elliott Studio Arts Center and renovation to The Goldstein Family Carriage House.
The sleek, contemporary design of The Katherine D. Elliott Studio Arts Center, with its welcoming entrance defined by two 17-foot steel pillars supporting its awning, will soon greet students and faculty.
“The art department has undergone a metamorphosis,” says Art Professor Ted Aub, who will have an office there along with Professors Nick Ruth and Phillia Yi. “We now have up-to-date facilities that will enhance everything we do. We have the space we need that is properly configured, light coming from all the right angles and places, the safest working environment, current technologies, and beautiful surroundings inside and out.”
In addition to classrooms and offices, the building will house rooms for critiquing art work, two painting and drawing rooms, a woodworking room and a 3-D design and metal studio.
The Goldstein Family Carriage House renovation project is well underway and should be completed by mid-semester. That building will house new darkrooms, an 18-station digital imaging lab/classroom, a photography studio and a faculty office on the first floor. The second floor will house honors students’ studios.
“After 15 years of using the Houghton basement for our photography classes, we are very excited about moving into the new space,” says Professor Mark Jones, who will have an office in the Carriage House.
Houghton House is also undergoing renovations, relocating offices and classrooms as well as the Visual Resources office and library.
“Renaissance is an appropriate word to describe our situation — we are all very happy —It has been a long time coming, and our day has arrived!” said Aub.