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Marlborough School Arden Project About to Launch

A rendering by LPA Architecture of the future Arden Project at Marlborough School.
A rendering by LPA Inc. of the future Arden Project at Marlborough School. Booth field will expand to a full acre, offering a full-size soccer field. It will be resurfaced with synthetic turf.

Long known as a school that feeds the minds of young women, Marlborough School is now moving into the next phase of development to better feed their bodies – through construction of new athletic and physical fitness facilities on campus. The “Arden Project” will expand the footprint of the school by about 25%, adding approximately an additional acre to the campus that straddles the block between Rossmore Ave and Arden Blvd in Windsor Square.

The project will demolish a number of single family homes Marlborough owns adjacent to the campus, as planned since 1999 when the school received a conditional use permit for the expansion. The demolition of the homes has been re-reviewed by City Planning and the Office of Historic Resources, with the determination that the they are grandfathered in for demolition even though the  Historic Preservation Overlay Zone (HPOZ) was put in place in the area in 2005.

The Arden Project has been designed by LPA Inc. and is expected to cost $24 million. Funded through Marlborough’s “Leadership in Learning”, the campaign has raised $76 million since 2007 for a multi-phased development of the campus. As part of the campaign, the new Munger Hall was completed in 2009 and now houses the library, classrooms and the visual arts programs. The next phase? An updated pool and aquatic center, expanded field, and plenty of green space and gardens.

Work on the Arden Project is subtly underway now, with official groundbreaking to take place in June 2015. Expected completion is planned for the opening of the 2016-2017 academic year.

The new pool.....
The new pool is a 25 yard (33 meter) with state-of-the-art starting blocks,  touch-pad timing system, and ample deck space for training and conditioning.


The garden
One of the garden areas, for outdoor classes, meeting areas and socializing.


New gardens will surround the tennis courts.
New stadium seating for the regulation-sized pool.
New stadium seating for the regulation-sized pool.
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Julie Grist
Julie Grist
Julie co-founded the Larchmont Buzz with fellow buzzer Mary Hawley in 2011 and served as Editor, Publisher and writer for the hive for many years until the sale of the Buzz in August 2015. She is still circling the hive as an occasional writer.

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  1. Yep, keeping tearing down the neighborhood Marlborough. You know… there’s plenty of space around the Forum in Inglewood for your 1 acre soccer field and 25 yard pool. Im sure that they would love your investment there.


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