The award-winning new Center for Art and Education offers the Shelburne Museum a dynamic year-round space for exhibition, events and educational programs. The 17,000 sf Center has two very different orientations. The west side is one-storied and features a long welcoming cedar-lined porch with vistas of the campus and distant Adirondacks. The east side is two-storied with large expanses of glass, announcing the Museum to passersby on Vermont’s busy Route 7. The building’s two programmatic elements— the exhibition galleries to the south and education spaces to the north – are interlocked by a light-filled lobby. This project is LEED Silver certified.
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.