Today the Museum of the American Revolution dedicated its new building, designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects, to Board Chairman H. F. (Gerry) Lenfest and his wife Marguerite.
“This building is a physical testament to the inspiring vision, unwavering support, and tremendous generosity of Gerry and Marguerite Lenfest,” said Museum President and CEO Michael Quinn. “Gerry has been our most steadfast advocate from the very beginning and we’re thrilled to be here today to dedicate this beautiful building to him and Marguerite.”
The event also marks the official opening of the building's public outdoor plaza at Third and Chestnut Streets. Designed by Philadelphia-based landscape architects Olin
, the plaza is paved in native Pennsylvania bluestone and brick reclaimed from the Independence Visitor Center, which previously stood on the site.
The Museum of the American Revolution
, anchoring the eastern end of Independence National Historical Park, is designed to introduce visitors to the American Revolution with an extraordinary collection of historical artifacts and contemporary interpretations demonstrating the continued worldwide importance of the Revolution. The museum will provide 18,000 square feet of galleries and a theater dedicated to the exhibition of George Washington's marquee tent, one of the Museum's most dramatic holdings, as well as state-of-the-art storage and conservation spaces. The museum is scheduled to open on April 19, 2017.
RAMSA Partners Robert A.M. Stern
, Alexander P. Lamis
, andKevin M. Smith
led the design. For more information about the museum, please click here