Reimagining Andover Hall

If a place could be said to house the soul of Harvard Divinity School, it would be Andover Hall.

A multiuse building located in the middle of the HDS campus, Andover’s classrooms, meeting rooms, worship spaces, and resources both house and enrich our students’ vibrant intellectual and spiritual life.

When complete, the renewed space will transform the ways that the people of Harvard Divinity School engage the world and each other. The project’s highlights include:

Andover Hall campus center

Creation of a true campus center that brings Andover Library and the School’s core academic resources together with student services and social space.

Lecture hall in Andover Hall

New space for public conversations on religion with leaders like Jimmy Carter, Toni Morrison, the Dalai Lama, and scholars throughout academia.

Andover Hall classroom

Modernized classrooms ideally suited to new ways of teaching and learning, with flexible spaces and a new multimedia infrastructure.

New multifaith space

A multifaith chapel where Christians, Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, and all members of HDS community may gather to worship, perform, and share experiences.

Environmental impact: Renewal with a moral compass

Beyond the points above, we believe there is the need for a School that educates ethical leaders to address the moral imperative of our time: environmental sustainability.
The Andover project will enable us to dramatically enhance programming and the student experience without building new space or enlarging our environmental footprint. The work will earn Andover LEED Gold certification from the US Green Building Council, and significantly increase its efficiency and comfort while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
In pursuing a LEED Gold energy goal for a complex, historical structure, HDS has the potential to address multiple environmental challenges faced by legacy structures throughout Harvard and beyond.

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