The Baker Museum Repair and Expansion Project
Images courtesy of Weiss/Manfredi
Construction is underway on Artis—Naples’ 8.5-acre Kimberly K. Querrey and Louis A. Simpson Cultural Campus. The repair and expansion of The Baker Museum — the first project of the Artis—Naples Master Plan — is scheduled to be completed in November 2019. The project entails both repair of The Baker Museum building’s facade (necessitated by Hurricane Irma in September 2017), and the expansion of the facility to the south with an improved entrance, event and educational spaces, and the addition of museum-support areas.
The Baker Museum proper remains closed for the 2018-19 season. However, exhibitions are being hosted in Artis—Naples’ Hayes Hall Galleries and throughout the Cultural Campus.
Recently released renderings by Weiss/Manfredi Architecture/Landscape/Urbanism provide a very real and colorful glimpse of what’s in store.
The images reveal The Baker Museum’s new curved exterior that will be clad in stone and metal with a design that ensures resistance against future storms. There will also be a new entrance, allowing for a larger lobby, relocation of the museum store and museum ticketing in the lobby. The first floor gains a space for lectures, rehearsals and educational programs. The monumental exterior stairway leads to the new second floor flexible event space. Another exciting addition is the planned rooftop terrace, which will provide views to the west. Each piece of the expansion is designed with Artis—Naples’ interdisciplinary mission in mind — providing maximum flexibility for artistic exploration.
This is an exciting preview of what will be a dramatically changed Cultural Campus scheduled for completion in November 2019. The campaign goal is set at $75 million, and $25 million of that goal is needed to complete this first project of the Master Plan. As such, we are prioritizing gifts related to The Baker Museum Repair and Expansion project.
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 Artis—Naples’ vital role in our community to leave a lasting legacy.
Contact Dianne Sponseller, Senior Executive Assistant to CEO and President, for more information about how you can become part of the Future—Forward Campaign for Cultural Excellence.
“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 from where the Paley Gates stood (and will again!), 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.