Staten Island Museum at Snug Harbor
Henryk J. Behnke
Tour Time: 11:00
Gluckman Tang Architects
1000 Richmond Terrace, Snug Harbor Campus, Building A
The Museum and its design team were 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 on September 19, 2015, 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.
Tour Guide: Richard Gluckman, FAIA, Principal, Gluckman Tang Architects