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Historic Preservation Award for Museum of Art

Story posted June 24, 2008

The Bowdoin College Museum of Art has received a 2008 Statewide Historic Preservation Honor Award from Maine Preservation.

The award honors the Museum's restoration and expansion, as well as the cooperative teamwork with Consigli Construction Co., and the architectural firm Machado and Silvetti Associates.


The $20.8 million project was completed over two years and creatively combines a preservationist's techniques with new architecture that respectfully enhances the old.

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On behalf of the College, Matt Tonello of Consigli Construction Co., accepts the 2008 Maine Statewide Historic Preservation Honor Award from Andrea Burns P'85, Vice President of the Maine Preservation Board of Trustees.

It integrates the Museum's traditional features with a dramatic new entry pavilion, an inviting glass curtain wall, and a complete renovation of the entire interior of the building.

This includes an underground expansion, which provides 63 percent more space than the original building while preserving the landmark McKim, Mead and White structure.

Maine Preservation, a statewide nonprofit organization, provides for the preservation, protection and vitality of Maine's historic places and encourages design that contributes to the quality of life of our communities.

The Museum of Art is profiled in the June 2008 issue of Architecture Week. Read the article.

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