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Conservatory Metamorphosis



Project : Connecticut College Science Center

Nestled between the major metropolitan areas of Boston and New York is the quaint city of New London, CT. The city boasts plenty of fascinating history, culture, and old world charm. A tour of its local campus, Connecticut College, supplies all the proof. This past summer the Connecticut College Science Center underwent major renovations and restorations. When asked to participate in the epic renovation, Rough Brothers was eager to partake.

Conservatory Restoration

Conservatory Restoration

The mission was to restore and match the original construction of an old and broken-down Thomas Lutton conservatory that was built in 1935. After an initial site assessment, Rough Brothers could see the conservatory had good “bones” and plenty of charm and character despite its exterior appearance. The project would require plenty of attention to detail, careful field measurements, and custom fabrication. Never one to shy away from a challenge, Rough Brothers’ design team and project management created the perfect formula to maintain a historically significant conservatory while providing a state-of-the art and functional interior renovation.

Conservatory Restoration

Conservatory Restoration

To replicate its original exterior, Rough Brothers designed and made custom extruded aluminum glass rafters to match the exact profiles of the original wood glazing bar inserts that fit into the unique Lutton ‘Solar V-bar’ design. Other historic touches included installing curved glass and laminated flat glass. A trip to a local Cincinnati foundry provided custom aluminum decorative castings based on the original wood profiles.

Conservatory Restoration

This project is a jewel of great historical significance to the special world of Conservatory renovations and one in which Rough Brothers is proud to have participated.

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