Frederick Douglass High School Renovations and Additions

Frederick Douglass High School has been an important part of the surrounding neighborhood for over 30 years, and despite its austere appearance, it is revered with much affection from not only the community of teachers, but the local residents as well. The addition of two new buildings to an existing school proved to be a challenge in contextual sensitivity. The design solution was to create additions totaling 65,000 square feet paying homage to the original school by respecting its scale and materiality and then to create value on the campus through new programming offered by the new buildings and the addition of well-defined exterior spaces. New buildings include a 700-seat auditorium building and new gymnasium with retractable bleacher seating.

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Atlanta Public Schools


Atlanta, Georgia

Project Size

65,000 square feet