Design for the Museum of the American Revolution UnveiledJune 12, 2012
Today the American Revolution Center unveiled the design for the Museum of the American Revolution, its new facility in Philadelphia. Anchoring the eastern end of Independence National Historical Park, the Museum of the American Revolution is designed to introduce visitors to the American Revolution with its extraordinary collection of historical artifacts and contemporary interpretations demonstrating the continued worldwide importance of the Revolution. Set amidst buildings of national and architectural significance, the Museum will carry forward the restrained Classicism that heralded the birth of the Republic.
Michael C. Quinn, President and CEO of The American Revolution Center said, “We could not be more pleased with the progress we have made as evidenced by the plans unveiled today."
"We have the opportunity to build the first national museum dedicated to the American Revolution in the historic district of Philadelphia," said H.F. "Gerry" Lenfest, Chairman of The American Revolution Center's Board of Directors. "I think that's the missing link in the chain of events that led to independence." Mr. Lenfest announced a $40 million challenge grant.
“What we’re going for is a building that fits in and reflects the general character of the historic district, that expresses the period of the American Revolution but in a fresh new way for the 21st century,” said Robert A.M. Stern. “We want to make a building that is inviting to the public, but dignified, in which the architecture supports the intellectual and cultural mission of the institution.”
RAMSA Partners Alexander Lamis and Kevin Smith worked with Mr. Stern on the project. Construction is scheduled to begin in early 2013.