Penland School – Morgan Hall

Penland, North Carolina

Client: The Penland School of Crafts

Scope of Services: Feasibility Study, Condition Assessment, Abbreviated Historic Structure Report, Code Analysis, and Schematic Design

Constructed in 1917 as a mission school of the Episcopal Church for the children of the remote mountain families, the Craftsman style, two-story wood frame building sheathed in wood shingles was acquired by the newly formed Penland School of Crafts in the 1920s. Students of the Penland School lived and took instruction here. In recent years, the building has served primarily as a student residence hall of small bedrooms with shared bath and kitchen facilities.

Plans are being developed to reorganize interior spaces while retaining the historic character to provide guest bedrooms each with a private bath. The redesigned kitchen will be shared as well as the preserved dining room. A sector of the building will hold a conference room for group activities. Another sector will have a separate apartment for a Penland staff member.

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