Icons of Milton Hershey School
While Milton Hershey School® looks to repurpose a number of its aging facilities to meet the needs of the expanding student population, its is careful to ensure the icons of MHS remain symbols of the School's glorious history and will continue in service for many years to come.
Safety concerns and building code issues have required extensive construction at the Old Senior Hall building. Weakened steel beams and cracked masonry will be replaced, resulting in a secure structure that can effectively serve our current and future students.
The architectural plans for this project include reconstructing the facade, which has become a treasured and familiar landmark in the greater Hershey community. The School will also be preserving the historic features of the school lobby, auditorium, and gymnasium. At this time, the aged and damaged structural material of Old Senior Hall is being removed.
The structural problems created by deteriorating materials are also being addressed during the current renovation of The Homestead, Milton Hershey's birthplace and home of Milton and Catherine Hershey from 1905 until 1908. Much repair work was completed on the building's foundation, and current work includes the installation of metal roof similar to one depicted in early pictures of The Homestead.
Next year, Kinderhaus, the School's first building dedicated solely to the housing of students, will hold a collection of artifacts and documents about the School's history. It will also be home to the School's new Department of School History office.
While a limited number of upgrades and modifications will be made to make the original home suitable for its new use, an annex will be added to the building's footprint that will house a document vault.