Promise for the Future
The renovation of Seymour Hall, beginning in the summer of 2017 and completed for the 2018-19 academic year, is a promise to our students that they will walk through esteemed halls, learn inside innovative classrooms and fall in love with an adored building that sits at the heart of our academic program, and has welcomed WRA students for 100 years.
After a century of welcoming students through its doors, this renovation will ensure that Seymour Hall is befitting of the world-class school that is Western Reserve Academy. The project will preserve Seymour’s timeless, simple elegance for today’s students, and for the next 100 years at Reserve.
– Mark LaFontaine, Assistant Head of School for Advancement
This $13 million renovation, made possible thanks to the extraordinary generosity of our school community through The Campaign for Excellence & Access, will grow Seymour’s classroom count from 24 to 29. Faculty will gain four shared offices and a conference room for meetings. An elevator will be added, and a modern heating and cooling system installed. Technological advancements throughout the building will allow for new audio and visual capabilities, and furnishings will receive an upgrade to encourage flexible teaching approaches and collaboration.
WRA faculty love Seymour – the way it looks, with its beautiful big windows, the way it feels, the historic nature of it. It’s one of those buildings no one wants to leave; we want to make sure it meets the needs of our students today.
- Kate Mueller, Associate Head of School
Once the home for the first three presidents of Western Reserve College, President's House along Brick Row is the most finely ornamented building on campus and the most Federal in style. A Reserve faculty home until 2015, President's House saw one earlier renovation in 1959, but has shown its age less gracefully in recent years.
Thanks to Sherry and Marty Franks '68, a transformed President's House will become the new home of Western Reserve Academy's Admission Office, in time for the 2017-18 academic year. This gracious new "front door" for the school will honor the building's rich history and reaffirm its inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places.
Within the first few minutes of almost every conversation with a Reserve alumnus, something like the following statement is made. 'Western Reserve Academy changed my life.' I am one of those alums. I owe Reserve a lot. Restoring President's House is a way to begin to repay that enormous debt.
– Marty Franks '68, WRA Trustee and Chairman of The Campaign for Excellence & Access
The project embraces both historic appreciation and modern sensibilities with design plans that will preserve the history of the house and a sustainability commitment that integrates geothermal heating and cooling into the plans for the building.