The Kenosha Public Museum is a 45,000 sf art and natural history museum and is the centerpiece of a redeveloped Brownfield site situated along the shore of Lake Michigan. The Kenosha Public Museum was the first building in the HarborPark Development and symbolized the area’s revitalization. This is especially meaningful because the building spotlights the 1992 museum-sponsored excavation of woolly mammoth skeletons in Kenosha, a history unique to the region.
The building and site design are a symbolic metaphor of the glacier that formed the region’s geography. Lobby spaces flow together to welcome large groups of visitors, with a gift shop located near the information desk. A library, conference room, multi-purpose room and reception area accommodate events. Outdoor gathering/education spaces and landscape elements reference the Ice Age, further enhancing the visitor experience.
The design team consisted of LDR International and Engberg Anderson Architects.
WCREW Showcase Award, 2001
International Institute of Masonry Design Awards, 2002