The Mattatuck Museum, founded in 1877, is a cultural center dedicated to the connections between art and regional history. Prominently located on the town’s main green, the 4-story brick building was originally constructed in 1912 with a theater on the ground floor and a secretive Masonic temple added in the 1980’s above. ABA prepared a Master Plan for the Museum, providing a comprehensive approach to the Museum’s space utilization, and a compelling vision for its building program and Waterbury presence. The Plan proposed both renovations and a new addition to overcome physical limitations and promote the Museum’s urban identity. ABA is currently working with the Museum on this transformation project, designing the building’s first renovation in over 30 years.
In the new design, the 1980’s renovation will be removed to create a new structure providing a welcoming public entrance and a flexible lobby space for events and exhibition. The 6,800 sf addition will provide a public connection with a large freight/passenger elevator that will allow the public to move between galleries and for the museum staff to move art. The standing seam zinc siding and polished concrete floors will provide a studio-like gallery space on the lower level that will display temporary exhibits and provide classroom space for tour groups The mezzanine roof terrace will provide an outdoor space for events and exhibitions with expansive views to the Waterbury Green across the street.