Location: Mount Berry, Georgia
Area: 10950 SF
Year: 2013-present
Description: Historic rehabilitation of old structures can retrieve them from an exhaustive state of decay and recreate an invigorating architectural environment. The Ford Complex, on the campus of Berry College, consists of seven Gothic style structures named for their benefactor, Henry Ford. The Ford Auditorium was constructed in 1928 in an English Gothic style. Made unique by its architectural style and large clock tower, preservation of the beauty and history of the auditorium is imperative. The interior renovation of the Ford Auditorium includes restoration of the stained glass cathedral windows, reestablishment of the plaster arches in the vaulted ceiling, and renewal of the woodcarvings throughout the upper levels of the performance space. Additionally, the new, acoustically engineered ceiling will maintain the existing historic vault while also providing superior acoustic performance quality. The renovation is intended to preserve the historic elements of the auditorium while creating an updated, highly functional space for the College’s music and theatre programs.