Houser Walker Architecture - River Heritage Museum in Paducah, Kentucky Print
Monday, 15 March 2010 07:14

Located at the convergence of the Mississippi, Tennessee and Ohio rivers, the expansion of the River Heritage Museum will be a pivotal project in the re-development of Paducah’s historic riverfront arts community. The 32,000 sf expansion is designed to be constructed in 3 phases over the next 4 years.

The expansion building straddles the river’s edge along Water Street, with a new entry plaza exposing the historic 1916 Peter House brick structure, clarifying its place along the street and providing a bookend between the old and new components of the museum. The new structure, which is encased with glazing at the street level, invites pedestrians arriving to the site inside. An architecturally drawn narrative, centered on a large display atria and open stairs, draws patrons up and into the exhibits.
Houser_River_Heritage_02Houser Walker Architecture worked in collaboration with Lyons-Zaremba, a nationally recognized exhibition designer, to create a compelling storyline of river transportation and its attendant life. Connected by a glazed bridge spanning Water Street, a large twin-pronged satellite pavilion overlooks the river. This pavilion, which culminates the exhibit story, is linked spatially to a new riverfront park, of approximately the same size. This plaza will extend the museum’s interpretive story with artifacts and carefully placed information displays.
Houser_River_Heritage_03Houser_River_Heritage_04Construction Budget: $24 M
2008-2012 estimated time to full completion, phase 1 completed in 2008

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