Restore the Rec

As the third and final phase of the school’s 2012 Campus Master Plan, renovations to the Rec will support SCH’s rich history of the arts. The ambitious renovation plan for the Rec, estimated to total $4 million, will transform this treasured space into a state-of-the-art performance venue, appropriate for a wide range of musical, theatrical, and community events.
A successful Restore the Rec campaign will ensure that our award-winning theater program, which is growing in stature and regional recognition, will have a performance space that appropriately showcases the talent, passion, and dedication of our students and the quality of their productions.

The Rec renovation will substantially enhance both the performer and audience experience:
  • expanded audience seating
  • a modular stage system
  • upgraded sound and lighting systems
  • expanded dressing rooms
  • increased storage space
  • additional bathrooms
  • dramatic glass-walled, wraparound lobby
Brochure for Restore the Rec:

Phase III Giving Opportunities:

SCH Academy is currently fundraising to restore and renovate our performing arts Center, The Rec. 

  My Fair Lady   $500,000 
Mamma Mia   $250,000 
Our Town   $100,000 
A Midsummer Night's Dream   $50,000 
The Mikado    $25,000 
Harvey   $10,000 
Once Upon a Mattress   $5,000 
Wind in the Willows   $2,500 
The Importance of Being Earnest   $1,000
High School Musical

The Rec: A True Original

Built in 1884 as a livery stable to accommodate the horses of the guests of the Wissahickon Inn (also built in 1884), this building is situated at the junction of Springfield Avenue and Valley Green Road. In 1901, the building was converted into a recreation building (The Rec) and the deed to the property was given to the school in 1940, which housed the Wissahickon Badminton Club in 1945. In 1953, there was a partial collapse of the structure and although it was still used for badminton, the school used it for little else.

Beginning in the 1930s, the school had been looking for a dedicated performing arts space and for a time, plays were performed in the current Commons after the floor was installed over the swimming pool. As the program grew, performances took place in the neighboring gym. After a capital campaign failed to raise enough money to build a new performing arts center on campus, the recreation building was identified as a great space to renovate with the funds that had been raised. 

Construction on the Rec began in the summer of 1973, with help from the students, and it was completely refurbished and converted into the performing arts center. It opened on January 17, 1974, with a Players production of The Fantasticks.
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Springside Chestnut Hill Academy (SCH) is an independent school offering a rigorous college preparatory program that delivers an unparalleled academic experience.
The school’s unique model is distinguished by single-sex education for the lower grades (Pre-K through 8) followed by a coed Upper School.