St. Helena Elementary School

St. Helena Elementary School

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Historic Theater and Classroom Restoration

St. Helena Unified School District
St. Helena, Calif.

  • Completion Date: October 2001
  • Square Footage: 165,000 (Modernization)
  • Final Construction Cost: $4.3M

The St. Helena Elementary School renovation began as a mechanical and electrical repair project for the school’s original 1931 theater/classroom building and several 1950s classroom wings. However, during construction, an unrelated fire devastated the original theater building, administration and west classrooms beyond repair, giving QKA the opportunity to restore the buildings to their original beauty, including restoring the original high ceilings and large windows in the classrooms that had been covered during a 1970s heating system installation. In addition, the historic theater underwent significant alterations, restoring the original balcony, detailed ceiling and proscenium painting, as well as adding new stairs, fixed seating for 325, lighting systems and rigging, and new wrought iron balcony rails to match the existing metal work.


2002 Merit Award | American Institute of Architects (AIA) - Redwood Empire


  • Elementary School
  • Modernization
  • Historic
  • Classrooms
  • Theater
  • Balcony