Napa Education Center
Napa Valley Unified School District
Historic Renovation
Napa, CA

  • Quattrocchi Kwok Architects
  • 60,000 sq. ft.
  • Completed: 2004
  • 680-seat Theater
  • Major Seismic Upgrades
  • History Room

This magnificent, historic 1922 neo-classical building inspires great community pride as many generations of Napa residents fondly recall spending their formative years learning in its classrooms. The 5.1 magnitude Napa Earthquake in 2000 heavily damaged the building, requiring California Office of Emergency Services funding. The design team installed a series of hidden steel-braced frames and other structural upgrades – without impacting the historic façades – as well as renovated its historic performing arts theater, administration and board room spaces.

The theater’s false ceiling was removed to uncover a detailed ceiling and proscenium, 1960s seating was replaced, new house and stage lighting, acoustical systems and fly-loft rigging were installed and the lobby and back stage areas were renovated. The theater’s seating area is now split between a 470-seat main floor and a 180-seat balcony.

The administration and board room spaces were fully renovated, including removing low ceilings; and adding new plaster ceilings, finishes and wood doors. In addition, exterior concrete and plaster, including parapet reliefs and statuary, were repaired and painted.


  • 2006 Merit Award – CASH/AIACC Leroy F. Green Design Awards