By Mike Butler for East Valley Tribune
The new Chandler Museum will be a striking contemporary counterpoint to the historic McCullough-Price House, linked by an arrival plaza, a pedestrian corridor, gardens and a shaded courtyard.
Phil Weddle of Weddle Gilmore Architects unveiled renderings for the 10KSF building at an open house last month.
Weddle said the design had to meet the city’s top priority of having a strong, iconic visual identity and to protect the 3.3KSF McCullough-Price House’s national historic register listing.
The new museum will house a 4.5KSF exhibition hall to present Chandler projects at the same time as national traveling shows. School children will be able to use 1KSF of classroom space.
The new 5KSF courtyard will be ideal for receptions and will transition to the existing McCullough-Price courtyard. The 1938 pueblo revival home’s rooms will be renovated inside and become a first-class archive and research center.
The project will cost $6M and will be paid for with bonds that Chandler voters approved in 2004 and 2007.
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