St. Francis Xavier School

I had the opportunity to photograph the St. Francis Xavier School for SAS Architects. This school is located in the heart of Winooski, VT where the church's tall copper steeples can be viewed from blocks away. The school was originally built in 1869 to serve the French-Canadians that moved to Winooski to work in the woolen mills.

SAS Architects were asked to design a new entryway, main lobby, library, offices, and student bathrooms, while improving the safety and function of each area.

Working with the architectural style of the 1941 building, SAS Architects incorporated gothic arch windows, while restoring many of the original materials such as granite, limestone, brick, and ironwork. Through the entry way is a reception area that creates a bright gathering area connecting the upper and lower levels of the school. The library, located in the basement, had it's floor lowered, creating higher ceilings that allow more natural light to pour into the space. 

I spent the day photographing the exterior and interior renovations. These are some of the images I captured. 

St. Francis Xavier School and church.

St. Francis Xavier School and church.

New front entryway.

New front entryway.

Walkway leading to the front entry. 

Walkway leading to the front entry. 

Rough and smoothed limestone used for the front entry. 

Rough and smoothed limestone used for the front entry. 

Reception area.

Reception area.

Reception leading into the school. 

Reception leading into the school. 

Reception desk detail.

Reception desk detail.

Principal's office. 

Principal's office. 

Curved hallway with a water station. 

Curved hallway with a water station. 

Library.

Library.