The Architecture Foundation of Cincinnati is producing a show this Fall about one of the most visible and important architectural projects in the Cincinnati area. The exhibit will feature the old Art Academy of Cincinnati and its conversion from an old school of art to a new layout as office and support spaces for the Cincinnati Art Museum. The show is planned to be part of ArchiNATI, an inaugural effort by the AIA Cincinnati Young Architects and Intern Forum (YAiF) to establish an architecture festival in the Queen City.
James McLaughlin, original sketch for Art School, 1886, from the Collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, Emersion Design, perspective
Last year, the Cincinnati Art Museum hired AEC emersion Joint Venture to renovate the old Art Academy Building at the museum campus in Eden Park. The project is a first step in the Museum’s more long-term renovation plans as designed by Neutelings Reidijk Architects.
image of master plan model, Neutelings Riedijk Architects
The exhibition will be a chance to see the new designs for the Art Academy Building along with historical documentation and design drawings of previous Cincinnati architects. The intent is to increase and enhance the architectural design discussion and at the same time celebrate the innovative designs of our own best practitioners. Events such as these are establishing the AFC Gallery as the city’s main venue for architectural design professionals, design students, and the interested general public to have discussions about design and the city.
Here is the full exhibition description for the AFC show.
How do we build on the past while accommodating for the future? How does an architectural design incorporate history and time, including its own evolution over time? If cultural institutions are civic buildings then how do the design strategies relate to the public and engage the city? How do civic buildings represent our attitude towards history and the value of preservation? How can something new be incorporated with something old? How do such efforts represent Cincinnati to ourselves and to the world?
This exhibition will address these issues by showcasing the architectural evolution of the old Art Academy building at the Cincinnati Art Museum. Originally constructed to house an art school that was part of the Cincinnati Art Museum, the building has changed significantly over time due to fire, ownership, and changes in use. Vacant for several years since the Art Academy moved downtown the museum is now starting construction on another major architectural redesign of this building.
The show will focus on three major phases of the Art Academy building’s life. The original 1887 design of James McLaughlin was a picturesque Romanesque pavilion sitting on a distant hillside. A 1940s renovation by Hake and Hake significantly reshaped the roofline and interior spaces after a major fire. The current 2011 design proposal by Emersion Design will reshape the roofline once again and give the interior spaces new life as offices and support spaces for museum staff. The exhibition will use design documentation, presentation boards, drawings from historical records, and archival photographs to illustrate how the building has changed over time and how architects from different eras have responded to the challenge of building upon the past while designing for the future.
Old Building New Life: The Old Art Academy Building at the Cincinnati Art Museum
811 Race Street, Cincinnati, OH
October 18th – November 18th
Opening, Tuesday, October 18th, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
More information about the AFC can be found on their website. http://www.architecturecincy.org/
More info about ArchiNATI. http://www.archinati.org/
AIA Cincinnati Young Architects and Interns Forum (YAiF) http://www.facebook.com/groups/50714651176/
*Correction 10/3/11, A previous version incorrectly listed emersion Design as the architectural firm hired by the CAM. AEC emersion Joint Venture is a partner of the firm. More info at http://www.emersiondesign.com/partners.html