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Herron Preparatory Academy

Bringing new life to a mid-century office building and creating a joy-filled learning environment.

Herron Classical Schools, a charter school in Indianapolis, is expanding their facilities to include the Herron Preparatory Academy, which will serve students in Kindergarten through 8th grade at the former local headquarters of the Salvation Army. The building was designed by notable Indianapolis architecture firm, Lennox, Matthews, Simmons & Ford, and was built as an office in the late 1960s. In its next phase of life, the building will be the home for the new elementary school, serving grades K-4. An intermediate school addition is planned, to serve grades 5-8, and will provide state-of-the-art facilities, including science labs, a gymnasium, and art and music classrooms.

ARCHitecture Trio, Inc. is providing architectural design services including the interior reconfiguration of the building into classrooms, common learning spaces, full cafeteria, and support spaces. The introduction of innovative interior design solutions to facilitate enhanced learning, along with an updated exterior color palette, multi-functional outdoor learning spaces, and new playgrounds are planned to promote the classical, liberal arts learning program of the school with a mission to serve an intentionally diverse population. The renovation will be completed in summer of 2022, and the construction of the addition will commence immediately.


2022 - Present

Renovation, New Construction, Interior Design, Education Design, Architecture, Adaptive Reuse


Indianapolis, Indiana



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