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Museum of Art Collects Six Design Awards in 2008

Story posted December 30, 2008

The renovated and expanded Bowdoin College Museum of Art garnered six design awards in 2008.

The Museum reopened October 14, 2007, following a renovation and expansion project that showcases the Museum's historic Walker Art Building and its position as the cornerstone of the arts and culture at Bowdoin.


The Museum of Art's 2008 Design Awards include:

  • Honor Award

    New England Chapter of the American Institute of Architects

  • American Architecture Award

    The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design

  • Award for Design
    Boston Society of Architects

  • Maine Statewide Historic Preservation Honor Award
    Maine Preservation

  • Building Division Winner
    Build Maine Awards

  • Illumination Design Award
    New England Section of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America

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The design, by architects Machado and Silvetti Associates of Boston, creatively combines a preservationist's techniques with new architecture that respectfully enhances the old.

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 43 percent more space than the original building while preserving the landmark structure, and increases the number of galleries from nine to fourteen.

Read about the Museum of Art's grand reopening here.

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