New recording studio planned for Kelly Writers House


The Writers House hopes to improve its distribution of recorded materials


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The Kelly Writers House is due for a summer makeover.

Photo by Shannon Jensen


A summer expansion project at the Kelly Writers House is sure to make waves — sound waves, that is.

The Kelly Writers House broke ground last week on the new Kelly Family Annex and other improvements. The house’s staff teamed up with the Facilities and Real Estate Services to plan a two-story addition that will include a new digital studio for audio and video recording. The addition will also include an exterior porch, oriented toward the garden area, that will accommodate small-size outdoor events including performances.

Currently, the Writers House gives students free access to online digital recordings of poetry, fiction and other literary materials. This summer’s expansion will greatly increase its ability to distribute the free materials to students.

According to a representative from FRES, the addition will maintain the character and structure of the original building.

“[FRES] is pleased to be working with the Kelly Writers House on this important project,” said Michael Bausch, FRES executive director of design and construction. Bausch noted that the Perry World House and the 38th Street bridge — formally known as Generational Bridge — will also be under construction this summer. 

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