The Baker Museum Repair and Expansion Project
Images courtesy of Weiss/Manfredi
The First Project of our Master Plan for the Kimberly K. Querrey and Louis A. Simpson Cultural Campus encompassed two primary elements. First, the repair of The Baker Museum, and second, the expansion of the building to the south to create 18,000 square feet of new spaces for education, chamber music, social engagement and permanent collection installations.
Designed by Weiss/Manfredi Architecture/Landscape/Urbanism, The Baker Museum’s new curved exterior is clad in stone and metal with a design that ensures resistance against future storms. The Baker Museum has a new entrance, allowing for a larger lobby, relocation of the museum store and museum ticketing in the lobby. The first floor of the expansion contains a space for lectures, rehearsals and educational programs in the John and Jeanne Rowe Performance and Learning Center. The monumental exterior David* and Cecile Wang Grand Staircase leads to the new second floor flexible event space. Another exciting addition is the Nancy and Lanny Baird Sunset Terrace on the third floor, which provides views to the west of the Gulf of Mexico coastline. Each piece of the expansion is designed with the Artis—Naples multidisciplinary mission in mind — providing maximum flexibility for artistic exploration.
The Baker Museum Repair and Expansion project offers several exciting new spaces for performance, education and social interaction. Each of these new spaces present naming opportunities for philanthropists committed to the vital role of Artis—Naples in our community to leave a lasting legacy.
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“Our design for the renovation and expansion of The Baker Museum nests a series of interlocking indoor and outdoor spaces that create an open garden courtyard for programmed and spontaneous events,” said Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi. “It capitalizes on the multidisciplinary nature of Artis—Naples and make visible the transformative interchanges between all the arts.”
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This drawing is the view looking south, with The Baker Museum on the right and Hayes Hall on the left.
Inside The Baker Museum, this is a look at a new flexible event space to be used for chamber performances with state-of-the-art acoustics and great views for catered events.
The beautiful view from the south (looking north) of the The Baker Museum and its newly expanded space.
This image represents another view of the new facade of The Baker Museum with curved stone and metal cladding, and a monumental exterior stairway to the new second-floor event space.
This is a view from atop The Baker Museum — the new elevated sculpture terrace. Views to the west at this elevation allow patrons to experience sunset.