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Distler House Renovation + Addition
A distinctive gathering place in the heart of campus
About the project
Constructed in 1891, Distler House served as the original gymnasium at Franklin & Marshall College. Through the years, it was converted to office space but never found a suitable purpose. The College commissioned our firm to restore Distler House and convert it into a unique gathering place at the heart of the historic campus. The 10,000-square foot renovation provided the complete exterior restoration of all windows and dormers, re-exposed the original interior timber roof truss system, and raised the upper level floor by two feet. Other features include a new front entrance stair reflective of the original building stair and a new two-story glass addition. The main campus bookstore now occupies Distler House and a café fills the transparent glass “lantern” addition, showcasing the activity inside and attracting visitors night and day.
“The rejuvenation of a century-old building at the heart of the campus has significantly enhanced the sense of place. Previously, Distler was a building that people walked past but did not experience in a meaningful way.”
– Jonathan Enos, Ed.D., Project BOOST Manager / Capital Projects Manager, Franklin & Marshall College