Maud Morgan Visual Arts Center

Cambridge, MA

We were determined to get our dream built, and PCA’s vision and support for many long years have made arts education for kids a reality!

– Terry Delancey, Directory, Agassiz Baldwin Community

Client

Agassiz Baldwin Community

Program

Rebuild and expand a historic existing carriage house to create a 3,200 square foot, city-wide art center featuring four studios.

Challenge

Create Cambridge’s first all-ages community arts center on a limited budget and within a residential neighborhood. Reflect both historic neighborhood character and creative educational spirit.

Solution

PCA shepherded the project through a lengthy permitting process and a unique artist/architectural collaboration, recreating the form and residential scale of the historic carriage house to create an inviting entry and contemporary rear wing. Four professionally-outfitted studios, linked by central day-lit stairwell and mural wall, provide classrooms for children and professional workspace while high open ceilings create an artist’s studio ambiance. Whimsical flourishes throughout like “paintbrush” door handles, a palette-themed weathervane, and a diamond exterior paint pattern are designed to express the joy of making art and help make the building a work of art in its own right.

Result

With youth classes enrolled, the project has fulfilled the Agassiz Baldwin Community’s long-held vision. At its October 6, 2010 grand opening, Cambridge Mayor David Maher noted the center “reflects the spirit of Cambridge, and the value of the arts.”

Publications

The Boston Globe
April, 2013
“Maud Morgan Arts centers on the community of all ages”

Art New England
April/May 2001
“The New Maud Morgan Center for the Visual Arts”

The Boston Globe
April, 2001
“Raising Arts Center Roof”