Southern Maine Community College Peter A. McKernan Hospitality Center

South Portland, Maine

A meticulous renovation created an elegant oceanfront inn that is now the centerpiece of this college’s culinary-arts and hotel management training programs.

The Victorian-era building had been unused for two decades and was in ruins. To reclaim it, the interior had to be gutted and completely rebuilt, exterior brick extensively repaired, and most of the roof structure replaced.

The original scale and character of the rooms were retained by cleverly hiding modern heating, ventilating, and air conditioning components behind walls and in casework. Custom light fixtures and casework in the Arts and Crafts style add a distinctive ambiance in the inn’s lobby.

American School & University Citation Award Winner as one of the best educational architectural designs in the country.

Photography by Christopher Barnes