Gretchen Nelson Scott Fine Arts Center at Mosley High School
Lynn Haven, Florida
A generous donation from a local family’s foundation is making it possible for this high school to finally have a performance facility of their own.
It will also provide a much-needed community facility to host lectures, community theater productions, and other civic programs. The drama department will be able to build sets, practice, and perform in a state-of-the-art facility on their own campus, and the facility will also be more convenient for choir and band concerts and other events.
One of the main goals of the project was to create a new landmark on the school’s campus, a structure that will embody the ties between the school and its neighboring community, and that will honor the legacy of the families that donated the funds.
Like sports, the arts connect schools to their communities. We wanted to create a civic and street presence for this new performance venue while integrating it onto the existing campus. A central plaza leads gracefully into the building, and the transparent façade welcomes visitors and students alike. In the rear of the new building, facing the school, we created an outdoor amphitheater for more informal productions. The amphitheater is an extension of the indoor stage itself, which allows it to be used as a backdrop for outdoor events.