Saint George's School, a private K-12 college preparatory school, was founded in 1955 on the on the former summer estate of Louis Davenport along the Little Spokane river. Their new 3,400-square-foot Arts Center is used by students in grades kindergarten through eighth and includes a music room, an art room with a kiln, and an art gallery/event space. Replacing their former arts building located in an aging portable building, the new center allows both the music and the visual-arts programs to share a dedicated facility.
The gallery space is a showcase for visual and performing arts and can be used for informal gathering of parents waiting to pick up kids. As such, it is designed to strengthen the sense of community for Saint George’s parents, students, and faculty. Abundant daylight, acoustical treatments, and territorial views of the natural setting were key design considerations. The building is positioned on campus to act as beacon, visible from the drive into campus and from the lower school to celebrate the arts and highlight this gathering space.