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PRIORITY III—SENSE OF PLACE

The campaign honors Wellesley’s natural and built environments, long recognized as masterpieces of twentieth-century place-making.

We are refreshing the spaces in which we work and live—the physical embodiment of the Wellesley experience.

Pendleton West

In Pendleton West, Wellesley’s art spaces have been transformed to promote creative dialogue and cross-disciplinary collaboration, emphasizing individual artistic practice as well as communal experiences.
The renovation included an overhaul of existing space and an addition for both visual and musical arts, incorporating classroom, studio, and rehearsal spaces that can flexibly accommodate the needs of our emerging and traditional media programs.

These new spaces are equipped to handle current and future technology, from digital imaging to film to sculpture to music, allowing students and faculty to develop new ways of exploring art, communication, sound, and light.

Schneider Center

Over the years, the Schneider building has served many purposes: a space for music, spiritual life, a campus center, and even a black box theater.
The first building to be completed under the Wellesley 2025 campus renewal plan, the Schneider Center reopened in 2014. Schneider now houses student service offices for the registrar, class deans, student financial services, the student aid society, housing, transportation, and international studies.

Significant renovations to the interior spaces, which included stripping the building back to its essential structure, revealed the beautiful wooden trusses that once soared above a music performance space, brick walls, and other classic features. The space, which now incorporates contemporary elements with these classic features, was just chosen for a 2015 Boston Society of Architects Design Award in the Interior Architecture/Interior Design category.

Freeman living room

The Freeman Living Room and Bates Courtyards were the first common spaces to have been transformed as part of the “living room” renewal project.
McAfee Living Room and the McAfee and Bates Dining Rooms were renovated during summer 2017, with additional spaces to be redesigned in the future.

By refreshing and redesigning the living rooms and commons spaces on campus, we celebrate the exquisite gift of rich residential life at Wellesley.

The fireplaces in the residence halls, the communal tables in the dining halls, and all the treasured hidden corners of our beautiful campus—these give students the space to engage in rich conversations that shape ideas and shift perceptions not just during their four years of study, but throughout their entire lives.

Students are able to more fully become their true selves, and can cultivate the inspiring the relationships and the values that unite Wellesley women across culture, political belief, religion, geography, and generation.

Dorothy Towne Fieldhouse

The renovated Dorothy Towne Fieldhouse features a hardwood floor for basketball and volleyball competitions, arena seating for 500, three indoor tennis courts, a spinning room, a climbing wall, a four-lane 200-meter track, a high jump area, and a new long and triple jump pit. The crown jewel of the renovation is a brand-new 4,600-sq.-ft. Fitness Center.

The Center features over 55 new pieces of cardio and strength equipment and a variety of other fitness related equipment, including kettlebells and dumbbells ranging from five to fifty pounds, as well as exercise balls, bands and ropes. A climate-controlled spinning room sits at the bottom of the ramp in the Fieldhouse and holds twelve spinning bikes.

Butler Boathouse

The boathouse on Lake Waban has undergone a comprehensive renovation to update and upgrade this facility used by Physical Education, Recreation, and Athletics.
 

The renovation made the Butler boathouse more appealing and accessible, creating a new main entry, a “quarterdeck” class/meeting room, improved shop space, two restrooms, canoe/kayak room, and storage. The project also improved the areas surrounding the site, addressing soil erosion and drainage issues.

The Wellesley Fund:
Supporting Campus Renewal
Give today and support the next generation of Wellesley students who will go on to make their mark on the world.
The Wellesley Fund:
Advancing Science and Sustainability
The Wellesley Fund:
Enriching the Residential Experience
The Campaign Priorities
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