Case Study

University of St. Joseph – Bruyette Athenaeum

Bruyette Athenaeum is located on the seventy year-old University of Saint Joseph for women in West Hartford. Bruyette has a new theatre, bistro, art museum, and art and music classrooms. The building features a gallery of the college’s history, as well as the college archive.

The Hoffman auditorium and Winifred Coleman Lobby also serves as an entrance to the college’s art museum. The second floor includes a tiered classroom for lectures. The theatre space was designed to shorten the site lines to the last row of seats, thereby adding intimacy to its 400 seats.

The site plan for Lynch Hall, Bruyette Athenaeum, and the existing library, complete the 1932 quadrangle plan designed by the Olmsted Brothers. The lawns and patios in front of Bruyette can successfully accommodate outdoor performances.

This project has received several design awards.