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Academic Facilities

From the Andrew Mellon Library, built in 1926, to the Paul Mellon Humanities Center, home to more traditional inquiry-based discussions, to our newer facilities—the Kohler Environmental Center which supports one-of-a-kind Environmental Immersion Program, and the state-of-the-art Cameron and Edward Lanphier Center for Mathematics and Computer Science—all of our academic facilities are designed and purpose-built to be program-driven, student-centric spaces dedicated to teaching and learning.

Ann & George Colony Hall

Named in honor of Trustee George F. Colony '72, and his wife, Ann, Colony Hall provides an acoustical setting suitable for the spoken word or amplified music, as well as a more reverberant sound for symphonic music. The west side of the auditorium includes a music classroom wing with a Recital Hall seating up to 100 people, providing rehearsal space for Choate's major music ensembles. 

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Lanphier Center

The Cameron and Edward Lanphier Center for Mathematics and Computer Science, a LEED Gold- Certified facility designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, opened in March 2015. All mathematics classes are held in this state-of-the-art building. Designed to support hands-on learning, the facility fosters collaboration and creativity with spaces for students to work in teams. In addition, the building is home to Choate’s first purpose–built i.d.Lab© which serves as a catalyst for our curriculum. The Lanphier Center is home to Choate’s award winning Robotics Team.

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Paul Mellon Arts Center

The Paul Mellon Arts Center, aka PMAC, dedicated in 1972, was designed by award-wining architect I. M. Pei, who is perhaps best known for the East Wing of the National Gallery, for which the Arts Center served as a prototype, and for the pyramid-shaped entry to the Louvre Museum in Paris. The building was a gift of benefactor Paul Mellon 1925.

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Kohler Environmental Center

The Kohler Environmental Center (KEC), located at 211 East Main Street, is a state-of-the art teaching, research, and residential environmental center. The LEED Platinum-Certified facility, designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects, is home to the honors and interdisciplinary Environmental Immersion Program (EIP), a year-long residential academic experience, and Choate’s Sustainable Food Project.

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Icahn Center for Science

The Carl C. Icahn Center for Science is the second building on campus designed by award-winning architect I. M. Pei. The three-story building includes 22 classrooms and laboratories; a large reference/study area; a conservatory; and the 150-seat Getz Auditorium. The Icahn Center is the home to the signature Science Research Program. 

Andrew Mellon Library

The Andrew Mellon Library built in 1924 was a gift from U.S. Treasury Secretary Andrew Mellon in honor of his son Paul Mellon 1925 who later donated a new Library wing in 1962. The library houses 170,000 titles, over 100,000 eBooks, more than 50 research databases, and numerous private collections.

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Steele Hall

Steele Hall is home to the Language Department, including the Language Media Lab with its 32- station language laboratory. The building was named for George Steele, mathematics and German teacher (1916-56), dean of students, and assistant headmaster. Every year, Choate’s talented linguists compete in the Connecticut Council of Language Teachers (COLT) Poetry Recitation Contest.

Paul Mellon Humanities Center

The Paul Mellon Humanities Center houses the English and the History, Philosophy, Religion, and Social Sciences departments. It is also the home to the School’s awarding winning debate and economics teams.


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