Waukegan History Museum

 

Waukegan History Museum

 

Waukegan, Illinois

The Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities, a part of the Northwestern University's Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, fosters interdisciplinary conversations among Northwestern's faculty, visiting faculty, graduate students, undergraduates, and the public.  Its new home at the heart of Kresge Hall has an intimately scaled reading lounge with travertine walls, bronze portals and bamboo ceiling.  The lounge opens to the surrounding academic community through a full-height wall of frameless glass and is flanked by a maple-paneled seminar center, a "smart" classroom,and  offices for staff and scholars.  One floor below, there is a flexible studio/exhibition space for visiting artists.  The studio has continuos baseboard power strips, a robust unistrut ceiling grid from which to suspend light fixtures and heavy objects, and fully blocked walls for universal hanging.  Rolling shades can close its open corner for work and instruction privacy or open to create a vitrine-like gallery space that showcases the work installed inside.

 

 

 

 

Client

Waukegan Park District

Status

Conceptual Design   2010

Related Categories

Cultural

Historic

Public

Project Data

Area/Budget: 7,000sf / $4,200,000

Scope: 7000sf addition to Haines House Museum for Waukegan Historical Society in Bowen Park

Project Team: David Woodhouse, Andy Tinucci (project architect), Ed Blumer, Brian Foote