Phase VII Renovations

Some big changes are on the way!

 

The Rosenberg Library’s 4th floor is undergoing an extensive renovation to enhance the visitor experience.

The space currently housing the museum galleries was originally a large auditorium. The leaded glass skylight, plaster walls, and decorative ceiling will be restored to their original appearance.

The space currently housing the museum galleries was originally a large auditorium. The leaded glass skylight, plaster walls, and decorative ceiling will be restored to their original appearance.

The much anticipated Phase VII building improvements are now underway. These renovations will include restoration of the beautiful, historic ceilings and skylight that were completely covered up in the 1950s. Located in the 1904 Rosenberg Wing, these features are just west of the Fox Room. In addition to removing the drop ceilings, we will expose a beautiful arched window in the Hutchings Gallery, as well as the elegant, historical walls that have been hidden from view for years.

The planned construction work also includes a fundamental reconfiguration of the museum spaces and installation of an ADA lift to provide accessibility between the Harris Gallery and the

This architectural rendering shows the reconfigured stairway. An ADA lift will be housed behind an arched door.

This architectural rendering shows the reconfigured stairway. An ADA lift will be housed behind an arched door.

lower level of the 4th floor where the museum galleries, Sandy’s Room, and the Morgan Room are located.

An arched window matching this one will be uncovered on the south side of the space.

An arched window matching this one will be uncovered on the south side of the space.

The current configuration of the split galleries and built-in exhibit cases will be replaced with more flexible, open-concept exhibition areas. This is especially important because of the size of the library’s historical collections and the fact that so many of these one-of-a-kind items have never been on display due to the limitations of the current display arrangements. The Phase VII project includes the fabrication of new custom exhibit cases and multi-media displays to appeal to the library’s diverse clientele.

 

Your donation is greatly appreciated!

 

Custom display cases like these will allow the Rosenberg Library to exhibit a greater variety of materials from its museum and archival collections. Each case will be outfitted with preservation-quality lighting and security locks in order to protect the library’s historical treasures. Interactive audio and visual components will further enhance the museum experience.
Photos courtesy of Tabasco Museum for McIlhenny Co. on Avery Island, Louisiana

Phase VII Gallery Poster