Projects: Cultural and Religious Institutions

Adirondack Museum: Master Plan and Mark Potter Education Center
Blue Mountain Lake, New York


RGR prepared a master plan to guide the future development of the Adirondack Museum, originally founded by industrialist Harold Hochschild to interpret the Adirondack Region's cultural and natural history. Over the years, the museum had grown and developed randomly without the benefit of a long-range plan. Thus, this planning effort focused on rationalizing the organization of buildings, exhibits, and circulation elements, thereby clarifying and enhancing the visitor experience.

RGR conducted a series of workshops with the museum's key staff and board members to direct the master planning process. The firm prepared a summary report and illustrative plan, describing significant recommendations, including a new visitor center and gift shop, improved access, new collections storage, administrative office space, a revised site circulation system, and landscape improvements.

Subsequently, RGR designed the new Mark Potter Education Center, which transformed the museum from a seasonal operation into a 12-month programming institution. The 2,700 sf, two-story structure provides two classrooms on the ground level with teacher offices and storage on the second level.

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