The Rosenberg Library’s 4th floor is undergoing an extensive renovation to enhance the visitor experience.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 thelower level of the 4th floor where the museum galleries, Sandy’s Room, and the Morgan Room are located.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.
Photos courtesy of Tabasco Museum for McIlhenny Co. on Avery Island, Louisiana