Historic Tucker Hall is located in the heart of the Old Campus portion of the College of William & Mary. It occupies an important place directly adjacent to the Sir Christopher Wren Building, the College’s most cherished landmark and the oldest college building still standing in the United States. Dating back to the late seventeenth century, the Wren Building has served as the joint between the town of Colonial Williamsburg to the east and the College to the west. With such a prominent neighbor and such a central and historic location, Tucker Hall needed a renovation respectful of its gracious and traditional exterior. The interior of the building, however, was in dire need of a new vision.
When the time came for a much-needed renovation, the project team immediately honed in on the primary elements for a reimagined Tucker Hall: respecting and preserving the exterior facade, restoring its remaining interior historical elements such as the Stair Hall and Cupola, creating a new clarity in the circulation of the building, and allowing more light and visual connections in its spaces. Working closely with the College’s Facilities Management team and the English Department faculty, the design team also recognized the need for a new accessibility throughout, incorporation of environmentally sustainable elements, and the creation of new spaces for student gathering and student-professor interaction. Despite several stops and starts due to state budget issues, the team worked through and achieved all their primary goals. Tucker Hall was opened for classes in 2013 and completed in 2014. It has been awarded LEED – Gold for sustainability, and is currently serving an overjoyed English Department and student body.