Fairhaven High School, also known as “The Castle on the Hill,” is a Tudor-Gothic style building constructed at the beginning of the 20th century. It is highly regarded by the Fairhaven community as part of the town’s historic fabric. After a century of bracing the elements, the Fairhaven School Committee and the Historic District Commission initiated a renovation and expansion plan to restore the building’s historical exterior and to enlarge the building envelope to meet current educational standards.
During the project, careful attention was given to preserving the historical details, such as hand-painted murals, Italian marble floors, hand carved ceilings, Guastavino tile-vaulted porticos and floor supporting structural systems, and stained glass windows. The school was completely restored and modernized and boasts a cutting-edge telecommunications/ electronics infrastructure.
This project illustrates that a 19th century building can successfully be brought up to 21st century standards despite a regulatory environment that favors new construction over restoration of the original - and at a reasonable cost.