Phillips Exeter Academy, Wheelwright Residence Hall, Exeter, NH

Wheelwright Hall

I recently had the pleasure of photographing Wheelwright Hall for Cutler Associates, Inc., a design-build architectural firm who led a major renovation of the residence hall over this past summer. It is a building I have passed by countless times as it is located a short quarter mile from where I live in Exeter.

Wheelwright Hall is a four-story, brick residence hall located on the campus of Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, NH. Built in 1938, the residence hall is named after clergy John Wheelwright (c.1592–1679) who founded Exeter, NH back in 1638.

In doing a bit of research, I discovered that author John Irving (PEA class of 1961) actually lived with his parents in Wheelwright Hall when he was a student there, and Wheelwright is the last name of the protagonist in his 1989 novel “A Prayer for Owen Meany” (one of my all time favorite books incidentally).

Cutler Associates, Inc. recently completed a major renovation to the residence hall that included the replacement of the roof, upgraded interior finishes, new windows, all new MEP systems and equipment, new bathroom facilities, refurbishment of the faculty apartments, and a new kitchen.