Capping two decades of planning and design work for the independent St. Hilda’s and St. Hugh’s School, MBB reimagined its multipurpose chapel to allow for more uses and flexibility and to offer a bright, uplifting experience for faculty, families and students in grades Pre-K to 8.

MBB oversaw the refurbishing of the chapel’s original pews and 1974 Rieger organ as the walls were rebuilt with acoustic backing and white oak paneling. Illuminated ceiling coffers, inspired by stained-glass windows, brighten the room alongside new, energy-efficient recessed LED fixtures. A raised ceiling trains ceremonial focus on the altar and the organ’s new wood surround, set on an original raised section of the refurbished travertine marble floor.

The new chapel elevates its special significance in school life, a room used every day and for regular division meetings. Hidden audiovisual systems enhance music performances and community programs. Along with this expanded use, the school has rediscovered Gordon Chapel as a touchstone of its progressive spirit and unique legacy.

2019 Faith & Form/Interfaith Design Liturgical Interiors Award

2019 SARA NY Award Design Award of Merit

2019 Interior Design Magazine, NYCxDESIGN Award Finalist