Endicott College Gully’s Bar & Student Lounge – Beverly, MA
Sorensen Partners was Architect and Interior Designer and provided furniture & equipment consulting services for Endicott’s College’s signature 5,600 square-foot open-plan Gully’s student pub, located in the heart of campus beneath the Wax Center Auditorium facing the main campus green. The bar and lounge includes a multi-sided bar; a fireplace with lounge seating; games; and high-top table seating. The project was built in 2015 by Windover Construction of Beverly, MA. Transitioning from casual day study use to evening entertainment, this flexible and highly visible space offered students the spirit of cosmopolitan city life through industrial-modern details while building on the dramatic ocean-front beauty of the campus setting with the rustic drama of fire, textured surfaces, and warm lighting hues.
This location for Gully’s was one of Doctor Richard Wylie‘s last building projects at Endicott College. ‘Doc’ Wylie was highly involved in the design and programming of the space. The multi-sided bar was inspired by a bar Doc loved at the Black Cow in nearby Hamilton, MA, and he imagined every one of Endicott’s student groups enjoying the space.
A fireplace and juke box were essential to Doc, and we went to great pains to ensure the fireplace was central and functional and the juke box had a location in the bar area. At the end of the project, we still had not realized one of Doc’s visions: decorating the walls with sports paraphernalia and large-scale murals from Endicott’s historic sports photograph archive; but campus efforts brought this to fruition after we finished construction.
In the three years it was open at this location, Gully’s has was used for ‘Paint Night’; was featured in a student video by Tom Curry on YouTube; and was the site of student tutoring meetings with the Learn-A-Latte program.
For anyone who remembers the space before construction, it was several classrooms subdivided by concrete block walls with drop ceilings covering the cool waffle slab supporting the auditorium. Seeing those walls and ceiling come down was one of my favorite days of the construction project:
Doc was one of Sorensen Partners’ first clients and we are proud to have been able to contribute to his vision.
A new location for Gully’s was chosen in 2020 on the first floor of the Ginger Judge Science Center. SV Design was Architect for this new location.