Located on Georgetown University’s main campus, the Old North building was built in 1795 and has hosted many of the nation’s most powerful leaders. The building needed renovations while maintaining its important history.
The renovations to Old North included upgrades and renovations to the exterior, upgrading the first- and second-floor hallways, student lounge, conference area, and professors’ offices. Mixed carpet and stone flooring were used throughout the lobbies to break up the space. Currently home to the Georgetown Public Policy Institute, the design intent for this historic preservation project was to refresh the exterior finishes and common areas to complement the building’s rich and impressive late 18th-century aesthetic. The use of natural light and modern finishes that are lighter make the interior space more inviting and appealing.
This project combined an existing, historic academic building with a modern interior to create a 21st century academic environment. The previous dark and uninviting interior spaces were revealed creating a more open plan concept that introduced more natural light. The natural light coupled with brighter, more modern finishes, helped make for a new and more vibrant academic environment. The design solution maintained, and restored, the historic façade; however, interior spaces are new and state-of-the-art.