Chesterwood Barn Gallery and Museum Shop
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Daniel Chester French, most famous for creating the seated Abraham Lincoln for the memorial in Washington D.C., once owned this barn that is now a museum owned by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. French himself had made successive additions to the barn to shelter carriages, animals, and tools. His additions were direct, economical, and distinct. During this most recent intervention, the architects opted to follow French’s approach and created an addition that would be pragmatic and identifiable—what a farmer would do.
The program called for an addition that included an entry, museum shop, display and storage space, and a public restroom. The architects split the addition’s program into two components, separating the museum shop from the storage and public restrooms. These components were given distinct architectural expressions; the museum shop is inspired by basic metal agricultural structures—like Quonset huts or Butler buildings—and it reuses pre-existing foundations, cantilevering over them. Storage and restrooms are accommodated in a rebuilt "chicken shack," whose salvaged doors are incorporated in the new construction. The architects also restored the barn to house a permanent exhibition.
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