Plans for the 26,000-square-foot Statue of Liberty Museum on Liberty Island were approved earlier this week, with crews holding a groundbreaking ceremony at the site yesterday, Curbed NY reported. The main feature of the FXFOWLE Architects-designed structure, of course, will be its museum, which will include a mural called The Liberty Star, the Immersive Theater, the Engagement Gallery, and the Inspiration Gallery. There will also be a bookstore and administrative offices. The project is a joint effort by The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc., and the National Park Service. Openning is expected in 2019.
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Renderings have been revealed of the new 26,000-square-foot Statue of Liberty Museum to be located on Liberty Island in New York Harbor. The structure is designed by FXFOWLE Architects. As reported over the summer, ESI Design will be responsible for the interior spaces. The museum will include a gallery, a theater, a bookstore, and administrative offices. It will also sport a walk-up rooftop terrace accessible from the pedestrian plaza.
A new free-standing, 20,000-square-foot museum is being developed at the Statue of Liberty National Monument, located on Liberty Island in New York Harbor. The museum would replace the one currently located at the base of the statue, according to the Wall Street Journal. It would be able to accommodate 1,000 to 1,200 visitors per hour, and will include a gallery area, a theater, a bookstore, and administrative offices. FXFOWLE Architects has already been tasked to design the the museum, while ESI Design will be responsible for the interiors and exhibition space. The new building first has to be approved, and construction is estimated to take roughly two years. It would be built to the northwest of Flagpole Plaza on a vacant swath of land. Financing is being raised through the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation. The National Park Service (NPS) maintains the property.
The National Park Service has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for Building 109, a long-vacant, one-and-a-half-story, 4,063-square-foot structure in Fort Wadsworth, located on Staten Island just south of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge. The proposal seeks to attract a developer that would transform it into commercial space, according to DNAinfo. Potential uses include office space, community facility space for a non-profit, or commercial-retail space. Proposals are due on June 15. It was once used by military personnel. Much of the former military instillation is now federal public park space. The site is a piece of the Gateway National Recreation Area, which is maintained by the National Park Service.