The College of Wooster

Gault Schoolhouse Renovation

Wooster, OH

Project Type

Adaptive Reuse, Higher Education


34,000 Square Feet

Design Services

Architecture, Interior Architecture, Sustainability

The College of Wooster was gifted a schoolhouse constructed in 1901 and challenged Little to create a cost-effective, innovative student housing solution that would capitalize on the beauty of the historic structure.

The Gault Schoolhouse presented an opportunity to help transform student life for upperclassmen by taking advantage of the historic nature of the building while emphasizing the unique aspects of the College’s education. With higher ceilings, large windows, historic details, and a floor plan that allows for larger than normal suites,the design capitalizes on the vertical environment to create a more dynamic living environment. The suite layout enhances the unique educational objectives at the College of Wooster, offering a variety of private and public activity zones for learning and social interaction.

We were looking for architects who would listen to the vision that we had in mind for this space.  Little came here with their own ideas, but they also came here with a keenly tuned ear.
Grant Cornwell

Former President