Jeannik Méquet Littlefield Concert Hall Wins Prestigious American Institute of Architects Historic Preservation Award
Oakland, CA–May 04, 2012 The San Francisco chapter of the American Institute of Architects recently announced winners of its 2012 Historic Preservation Awards. The Jeannik Méquet Littlefield Concert Hall was recognized for outstanding restoration work that has preserved part of the San Francisco Bay Area’s cultural heritage.
“Our approach was to draw from the original design and make new elements compatible so that the overall impression would be seamless, while a few significant alterations would be identifiable as contemporary,” said campus architect Karen Fiene. “We took this approach as a demonstration of respect for the cultural value of art and architecture within the campus and community.”
Restoration of the 84-year-old Spanish Mission revival building focused on preserving the building's high degree of historical and architectural integrity. Renovations included a stone entrance portal, bronze doors, a cast plaster ceiling, Boynton frescoes and murals, reproduction lead glass ceiling panels, and decorative wood paneling and light fixtures.
The Littlefield Concert Hall is home to the College’s Music Department, which offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in traditional and contemporary music. Mills is also home to the world-renowned Center for Contemporary Music.