Waterbury, Connecticut


ABA is spearheading the Mattatuck Museum’s first renovation in more than 30 years. Founded in 1877, the museum a cultural center dedicated to exploring connections between art and regional history. Prominently located on the town’s main green, the museum’s four-story brick building dates to 1912, when it held a theater on the ground floor and a secretive Masonic temple on an upper story. A courtyard and entrance were added to the building in 1985.

ABA prepared a master plan for the museum, providing a comprehensive approach to 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.

In the new design, the 1980s addition has been removed to make way for a new structure with a welcoming public entrance and flexible lobby space. This 6,600-square-foot addition provides a public connection to a large freight and passenger elevator to help staff move art and allow visitors to circulate between galleries. Zinc siding and polished concrete floors encase a ground-floor studio-like lobby and classrooms for tour groups. The mezzanine roof terrace provides an outdoor venue for events and exhibitions, offering expansive views of the Waterbury Green across the street. New gallery space has been added to the second floor as well.

The project is currently under construction and is scheduled to be completed in 2021.

Location: Waterbury, Connecticut
Project Size: 14,000 sf renovation; 6,600 sf new construction

Project Team: Steven Gerrard AIA, Ashley Merchant AIA, Carl Damas (ABA); GNCB Consulting Engineers (Structural); Altieri (MEP); Sladen Feinstein Integrated Lighting (Lighting); ARUP (Code); Milone & Macbroom (Landscape / Civil); Wil-Spec, LLC (Specifications); Downes Construction (Construction Manager)