Key parts of the capital plan are the restoration of the historic building that housed the Railroad Hotel and Toby’s Tavern to its art colony era appearance to complement Bush-Holley House (site of the American Impressionist art colony) and the adaptation of the Post Office/Storehouse for consolidated offices, significantly increasing the green space of the campus. The Toby’s building interior will provide a new visitor information desk, museum shop and café, along with exhibition space for community artists and, on the second and third floors, a conference room and permanent storage for collections. Following the relocation of collections to the new Archives and Galleries building, the Storehouse will be adapted to accommodate all staff in one building.
The parking area, expanded to double its current capacity with 26 additional parking spaces, will lead directly to a single point of entry with a reception area and an elevator to the upper level of the site. Restored historic landscaping will provide more green space for outdoor events and the summer camp.
The core campus redesign will be a new building to include the archives, orientation and exhibition galleries; state-of-the-art, compact storage for current and future collections; a welcoming visitors’ lobby and reading room for the public; and a separate workspace for archivists and researchers to process and preserve collections.
The Fund for Program Enrichment will support and sustain programmatic initiatives for years to come and will include education, exhibitions and public programs; research, collections and digital publications; and archival preservation.
The Greenwich Historical Society will maintain its superb educational and research standards and national accreditation by the American Alliance of Museums, while strengthening its role as one of the preeminent historical societies and National Historic Landmarks in the United States. The Fund for Program Enrichment supports delivery and expansion of the Historical Society’s core programs throughout the campaign and construction phases. The $1.7 million included in the $18.5 million campaign budget is a restricted fund that supplements the Annual Fund/Greenwich Historic Trust to ensure sustained high-quality experiences throughout the campaign, and includes:
In order to sustain our new campus and the increased activities that will take place there, the Greenwich Historical Society’s Endowment must increase in tandem with operational expenses and needs.
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