The center is working with architect
"We've been working on figuring out how to make Westcott House as relevant to our community as possible," said Executive Director and Curator
Use of the land from the Westcott House north to
Those plans were made while the museum was still in development and before seven houses on the site were determined to be of no historical significance and torn down.
"As exciting as it was to get Tigerman involved in the 2004 initial planning, we were simply not ready as an organization," Wojcik said of that early concept. "We did not even know how the house and our educational programming would be received by the public."
Ten years later, museum staff has a much better sense of what the community wants and what is feasible, she said.
"In the process, we found an architect who is one of only 73 architects who ever received an AIA Gold Medal," Wojick said. Bohlin shares that honor with
Another piece of the plan is to move the visitor's center and museum store out of the Westcott House garage so that an original
"From when the house opened to the public, we talked about the Westcott car and lack of ability right now to display to the public," Wojcik said.
The center also wants to explore the possibility of having classroom space and space for community events and lectures, she said. Those are programs the museum has been experimenting with for years, but hasn't had much room for inside the home itself.
"We're just trying to figure out, and it's not an easy task, how to do some features here that would connect us better with the community, that would allow them to enjoy this site on an ongoing basis," Wojick said.
The center will also update business plans for the whole museum campus and conduct a fundraising feasibility study to ensure any project is affordable and sustainable, she said.
The Westcott Center is one of only two projects in
The NEA awarded 66 grants totaling more than
"A significant investment of approximately
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