A 16,000 sf addition to an existing Richardsonian Romanesque museum. The addition contains state-of-the-art climate controlled exhibition halls, storage rooms, study rooms and offices.
The objective for this project was to increase the existing Museum’s exhibition and storage space for the display and safe keeping of their extensive permanent collection of Mediteranean artifacts. Architecturally, the design was required to be sensitive to the existing Museum which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Toward this effort, the addition was designed to hold a quiet presence on the site. Stone mined from the same quarry as the existing building allows the exterior of the building to fade into the existing Museum. An exterior loggia extending along the south edge of the addition serves to create a covered entry into the new building as well as frame views and orient visitors to the existing museum.
Chris Fein served as the Principal in charge of design at Hammond Beeby Rupert Ainge Architects.