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Chandler Expanding History Museum

Jody Crago, Chandler Museum Administrator tours McCullough House Museum. City of Chandler plans to build a major expansion of the museum at this location and has already has set aside $4M for the project. Photo credit: Nick Oza/The Arizona Republic

By Chris Coppola for The Arizona Republic

Just a short stroll west from one of Chandler’s first monuments to the 21st Century stands a historic monument from the century before.

Dignified in its sprawling Pueblo-revival style of architecture, the 77-year-old McCullough-Price House beckons as a quiet respite for the droves of visitors flocking to the 14-year-old Chandler Fashion Center across the street, or any of the many restaurants and stores located in other nearby power centers.

The 3,300SF house is current home to the city’s historical museum. In a few years, if the City of Chandler’s vision and planned funding stay the course, it also will include a new, 10KSF museum on the site. It will house an array of Chandler historic artifacts and visiting exhibits that can’t be fully accommodated at the current museum.

The city, in coming months, will issue a Request for Proposals seeking an architectural firm to design a new historical museum, which would be built on the north side of the McCullough-Price House, at the northwest corner of Frye Road and Chandler Village Drive. Chandler Village Drive is a loop road that circles the mall, which opened in 2001.

The city hopes to have the design take place in the next year and have construction begin in 2017, with the new museum opening the following year, said Brenda Brown, Chandler’s cultural affairs director.

Among the city’s expectations will be that any design compliment the historic structure it will be built alongside, Brown said.

The project cost is about $4M, with about $366,000 set aside for the design. The Chandler City Council set aside money for the construction in its 5-year Capital Improvement Project budged adopted in June. Funding will come from bonds approved by voters in two different elections, in 2004 and 2007, Brown said.

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