In Orvieto, Italy, an Umbrian cliff-top city, the medieval monastery of San Paolo has fallen into various states of disrepair. The Benedictine monastery is the oldest in the city and its original courtyard, portico and surrounding rooms are in the most need of renovation. This project
embraces the challenge of renovating these spaces for the expansion of an international arts center developed by Gordon College in Massachusetts. Gordon College’s semester in Italy program currently inhabits one area of San Paolo while a small number of aging sisters of
the residing order live in another. Through the research of Italian Monastic architectural history and exhibition and theater historical design trends, new life with an emphasis on its rich history will be brought to San Paolo; via the
renovation, restoration and expansion of these areas of disrepair into new indoor and outdoor exhibition and performance spaces. A purpose derived from the heritage of this space reinvigorates and restores life to spaces that have been neglected and forgotten. The design for the new exhibition and performance areas in reflects
both past and present conditions and visions for an international academic arts program whose interior architecture creatively translates the past into contemporary conditions; creates areas where relationships flourish, and whose original monastic
purposes, life and values are still visible through the design to inspire students and artists alike.
Submitted in partial fulfillment of the degree of Masters of Arts
Corcoran College of Art + Design (Washington, D.C.)
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