The Cornerstone Campaign is nearing the $10.5 million mark, and construction on our $11.75 million Campus Expansion Project, especially the new Owsley Brown II History Center, is making rapid progress.
Work on the 4th story of the Center began this week and is already level with the Ferguson Mansion's 3rd floor.
Renovations to the Carriage House are well underway. The renovated Carriage House will serve as the Campus's new public entrance and the primary museum gallery space for The Filson. The new entrance will be on the north side of the building and its glass entry will display the names of the Cornerstone Campaign’s Leadership Level donors. From the Carriage House, visitors will have access to both the Ferguson Mansion and the Owsley Brown II History Center via elevated, glass walkways linking all Campus structures.
The new 20,000 square foot Owsley Brown II History Center, shown below, will feature stunning spaces for events and exhibits, and five new floors of modern archival storage for our ever-expanding collections. The eastern wing of the new Center (left side in the view below) will house the five floors of archival storage as well as collection digitization and other preservation facilities. The Center’s western wing (right side in the view below) will house two new event halls featuring new museum-quality exhibit space.
The western wing’s two new halls are flexible spaces suitable for events or exhibits. Together the tall primary hall on the first floor and the second hall above it can accommodate up to 500 people. The second floor will afford visitors beautiful views of historic Old Louisville.
On the way to the second floor hall via the Center’s exciting staircase, our visitors will enjoy a splendid display of portraits and other art from our collection. The stairway itself is a signature element of the wonderful design for the Project by our architects, DeLeon and Primmer Architecture Workshop of Louisville.
The walls of the Center’s beautiful first floor primary Event Hall will include architectural engraved wooden panels. We are offering a limited number of these special panels to all who wish to memorialize their, or another’s, support of The Filson and the Project. Each panel purchased will be engraved with name(s) and brief text chosen by the donor and become a part of the Event Hall walls, permanently honoring those named while helping us reach the full goal of our Cornerstone Campaign for the Project. You can order wall panels by clicking here or by calling (502)635-5083.
We are still on track to celebrate the new Campus's Grand Opening in spring 2016, and hope you will join us for that occasion. It will be a grand celebration of The Filson’s past and present.
We need almost $1.3 million more to reach the Campaign's total goal and Project budget of $11.75 million. With your help, we are confident we can do so well before the Grand Opening.