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Future Plans at Burritt

Pat Robertson, Interim Director

From The Historic Huntsville Quarterly of Local Architecture & Preservation, Spring, 1994, Volume XX, No. 1.

The Burritt Museum will be constructing a multi-purpose building this year. This new building will allow us to have more exhibit space, meeting facilities and a store. The 4400+ sq. ft. building will have a large meeting/reception room with­ an attached catering kitchen. Museum offices will be moved out of the Burritt Mansion into this building, giving us more exhibit space in the Museum. The Conservatory will revert to gallery space and the other two rooms now occupied by offices will be converted into one small office and a changing room for weddings. We are also going to be able to up-grade the heating/cooling system for the Museum.

The new building will have a classroom giving us two classrooms on site for our educational programs, especially the Earth Camp summer program. The store will feature items for sale relating to the Museum's scope and purpose and will have a small snack bar. The new building will also have public restroom facilities. The building is designed so that different parts can operate separately from each other i.e.: the reception area can be in use when the offices are closed. The architect is Carl Gleghorn of Fuqua, Osborn & Associates. Other plans include a Visitors Orientation Center, a Center for Nature Studies and additional exhibit space in the Museum. We will continue to up-grade our infrastructure as needed.

In the Historic Park outbuildings will continue to go up; but, the acquisition of major structures is over. Most of the outbuildings will be constructed interpretively out of salvaged materials. Still to be constructed is a working well, privy, smokehouse, chicken coop, and fences. The Church will also go under some restoration to return it to more of its original appearance.

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