Building Our New Home
The Staten Island Museum, which serves over 80,000 people each year, is realizing a dream 40 years in the making: the expansion to Snug Harbor Cultural Center, a nationally significant historic site that was saved from demolition through the leadership and efforts of Museum members in 1965.
In June 2011, the Museum broke ground and began the construction of a 21st century, fully climate-controlled museum facility, housed within the interior of a 19th century landmarked structure that had been built in 1879 to serve as a dormitory for “aged, worn out and retired seamen.”
The photos above will give you a sneak peek into the construction progress. To get to the next photo in the series, click NEXT at the bottom right hand corner of each picture. Enjoy!
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The Museum and its design team are challenged with restoring the historic exterior and selected interior details, while gutting the entire interior and building a completely new structure, floor by floor, within the walls of the exterior “skin.” In addition, the “new" Museum building, scheduled to open by 2013-14, will employ a geothermal heating and cooling system and meet the requirements to be a green, LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental design) Gold certified structure.
The current expansion project was anticipated with the renovation of an adjacent building into a new home for the Museum’s History Archives and Library (2009), the establishment of Staten Island History Center, and the creation of the Art Conservation Studio (2008). With the new building comes an additional 10,000 square feet of public space filled with art works and scientific objects that have been out of the public eye for many decades. The interdisciplinary nature of the Museum’s collections enables it to create exhibitions and programs that will appeal to a wide range of visitors, both traditional and non-traditional, including the growing immigrant population that is now making the Island its home.
Watch the video below to go underground with the Staten Island Museum and learn how geothermal heating and cooling works!