$2 Million Capital Campaign Completed!

We are pleased to announce that Cambridge Center for Adult Education’s Capital Campaign, launched in 2013, is now complete. We invite you to enjoy the newly-renovated classrooms, state-of-the-art kitchen facilities and bucolic courtyard that was once famously shaded by Longfellow’s poetic spreading chestnut tree.

Background for the Capital Campaign

In January, 2013, the Cambridge Center for Adult Education’s board of directors voted to approve a capital campaign to invest in the Center and its historic structures—the William Brattle House at 42 Brattle Street and the Blacksmith House at 56 Brattle Street—with the mandate of providing a better experience for our students, including energy-efficient solutions for our classrooms, a new culinary center, and an upgrade to our facilities with 21st century teaching tools.

Capital Campaign funds have financed an extraordinary and much-needed new teaching kitchen in the Blacksmith House and the revitalization of the precious courtyard outside that building, including full accessibility for all. Enrollment in cooking classes has increased significantly as the new teaching kitchen allows new and cutting-edge classes.

We have also converted the old kitchen (at 42 Brattle Street) into a new art studio, named by the Lyman Family to honor the memory of their sister, Lisa Lyman, a CCAE student who found her artistic voice here. The Lyman Family’s generous gift allows us to address the demand for space to support our largest program area, Visual Arts, where our main art studio is used over 90% of the time.

Work on the historic exterior of the Brattle House at 42 Brattle Street is now complete, and we have converted the third floor into administrative offices and added two more classrooms on the second floor.
All of the work that this Campaign made possible has been carried out with the utmost consideration for preserving the historic legacy of these two historic houses.  But the Center has also, in the reorganization of its spaces, been intensely conscious of the Center’s long-standing tradition of hospitality. CCAE’s two priceless and historic houses are open to all—regardless of race, ethnicity, age or socio-economic status.  This embrace of community is what distinguishes CCAE as a cultural treasure in Harvard Square.

People have invested in this effort because they understand the transformative value of lifelong learning. The Cambridge Center for Adult Education can, and has, changed the course of individuals’ lives. It opens up the world and creates opportunity for connecting with a new world of people and challenging new horizons.

We thank all of our Capital Campaign donors for preserving this priceless institution, and look forward to many more years as a leader in the world of adult education and lifelong learning!


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