Lauralton music program moving to historic barn

The music program at Lauralton Hall is moving from a cramped space inside the school building to the renovated historic carriage barn, which has been named The Center for the Visual and Performing Arts.

The Planning and Zoning Board (P&Z) unanimously approved at its June 6 meeting the site plan to convert the carriage house into classroom and storage space on the school’s campus at 200 High St. The board’s vote included the provision that the school’s existing 228 parking spaces are adequate to accommodate the project.

Project architect George Wiles told the board that the current 600 square feet of space used by the program is too small to meet the needs of the 400 students who wish to participate.

“Scheduling is impossible,” said Wiles. “This will allow for greater participation by students.”

The carriage barn will have 1,700 square feet of instructional space on the main level, along with storage for musical instruments and a music library on the second floor. The basement will be used to store chairs.

“Everything on the outside will remain the same,” said Wiles.

In response to board questions, Wiles said the barn is not intended for use as a performance space, but said if there were any performances there, they would have small audiences of 40 to 50 people.