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MUSEUM OF AMERICAN HERITAGE

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CLIENT: Museum of American Heritage, www.moah.org
LOCATION: 351 Homer Avenue, Palo Alto, California
SIZE: 6,000 Square Feet
COST: $750,000

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

The Museum of American Heritage is a non-profit organization dedicated to early twentieth-century technology. The museum had existed in a number of locations around Palo Alto, but needed a permanent home to house its extensive collections. The historic Williams House, designed by renowned Bay Area architect Ernest Coxhead, had been bequeathed to the city by the Williams family for use as a public facility and park. With CAW's help, the Museum was chosen from a field of other non-profits and given a long-term lease in exchange for the museum's renovation of the Williams house.

CAW adapted the Williams house into a series of small galleries with offices upstairs. A new exhibition/lecture hall was added to the rear yard. CAW has continued its involvement with the museum after project completion. Monty Anderson, has served on the museum's Board of Directors and the Community Advisory Board for more than a decade.

HOW CAW DID THIS

  • Developing a careful renovation plan and shepherding the project through a rigorous planning approval process resulted in unanimous approval by Palo Alto's Historic Resources Board and City Council.
  • CAW found creative ways to meet the museum's program goals while maintaining the historic features of the house and gardens. For instance, lecture and larger exhibit spaces were designed into a new free-standing structure at the rear of the property.
  • Incorporating accessible upgrades into the existing residence accommodated the new public use of the building.
  • Renovating the existing garage into display areas allowed for the showcasing of vintage automobiles.

KEY PARTICIPANTS

STRUCTURAL: Rinne & Peterson Structural Engineers, www.rpse.com
CONTRACTOR: DPR Construction, www.dpr.com

HISTORIC

MUSEUM OF AMERICAN HERITAGE

INFO

PROJECT INFORMATION

CLIENT: Museum of American Heritage, www.moah.org
LOCATION: 351 Homer Avenue, Palo Alto, California
SIZE: 6,000 Square Feet
COST: $750,000

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

The Museum of American Heritage is a non-profit organization dedicated to early twentieth-century technology. The museum had existed in a number of locations around Palo Alto, but needed a permanent home to house its extensive collections. The historic Williams House, designed by renowned Bay Area architect Ernest Coxhead, had been bequeathed to the city by the Williams family for use as a public facility and park. With CAW's help, the Museum was chosen from a field of other non-profits and given a long-term lease in exchange for the museum's renovation of the Williams house.

CAW adapted the Williams house into a series of small galleries with offices upstairs. A new exhibition/lecture hall was added to the rear yard. CAW has continued its involvement with the museum after project completion. Monty Anderson, has served on the museum's Board of Directors and the Community Advisory Board for more than a decade.

HOW CAW DID THIS

  • Developing a careful renovation plan and shepherding the project through a rigorous planning approval process resulted in unanimous approval by Palo Alto's Historic Resources Board and City Council.
  • CAW found creative ways to meet the museum's program goals while maintaining the historic features of the house and gardens. For instance, lecture and larger exhibit spaces were designed into a new free-standing structure at the rear of the property.
  • Incorporating accessible upgrades into the existing residence accommodated the new public use of the building.
  • Renovating the existing garage into display areas allowed for the showcasing of vintage automobiles.

KEY PARTICIPANTS

STRUCTURAL: Rinne & Peterson Structural Engineers, www.rpse.com
CONTRACTOR: DPR Construction, www.dpr.com

HISTORIC > MUSEUM OF AMERICAN HERITAGE



  • PROJECT INFORMATION

    CLIENT: Museum of American Heritage, www.moah.org
    LOCATION: 351 Homer Avenue, Palo Alto, California
    SIZE: 6,000 Square Feet
    COST: $750,000

    PROJECT DESCRIPTION

    The Museum of American Heritage is a non-profit organization dedicated to early twentieth-century technology. The museum had existed in a number of locations around Palo Alto, but needed a permanent home to house its extensive collections. The historic Williams House, designed by renowned Bay Area architect Ernest Coxhead, had been bequeathed to the city by the Williams family for use as a public facility and park. With CAW's help, the Museum was chosen from a field of other non-profits and given a long-term lease in exchange for the museum's renovation of the Williams house.

    CAW adapted the Williams house into a series of small galleries with offices upstairs. A new exhibition/lecture hall was added to the rear yard. CAW has continued its involvement with the museum after project completion. Monty Anderson, has served on the museum's Board of Directors and the Community Advisory Board for more than a decade.

    HOW CAW DID THIS

    • Developing a careful renovation plan and shepherding the project through a rigorous planning approval process resulted in unanimous approval by Palo Alto's Historic Resources Board and City Council.
    • CAW found creative ways to meet the museum's program goals while maintaining the historic features of the house and gardens. For instance, lecture and larger exhibit spaces were designed into a new free-standing structure at the rear of the property.
    • Incorporating accessible upgrades into the existing residence accommodated the new public use of the building.
    • Renovating the existing garage into display areas allowed for the showcasing of vintage automobiles.

    KEY PARTICIPANTS

    STRUCTURAL: Rinne & Peterson Structural Engineers, www.rpse.com
    CONTRACTOR: DPR Construction, www.dpr.com