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Currier Art Museum Expansion

Manchester, NH


Faced with needed gallery space and functional considerations, the Currier Museum developed a multi-phased expansion and renovation that threatened a unique, old residence, designed in the Second Empire aesthetic. This residence, known as the Kennard House was constructed in 1869, and at one time housed the Currier Art Center, and later the Currier's Administrative offices as well as maintenance operations.

Acknowledging the importance of this piece of architecture, the Currier chose to move the house, rather than demolish it. CMK Architects oversaw the relocation of the structure behind the (new) Currier Art Center and designed a new wing attached to the house for maintenance operations. This new structure is designed to be sympathetic to the lines of the house, and appear as a New England-styled, attached barn.

Lengthy preparations were undertaken for this move, including coordination with abutters, city permitting, and most importantly, maintaining the integrity of the structure over its travel of two city blocks. This project received extensive publicity and praise by the media and the public. It was recognized with a Preservation Award by the Manchester Historic Association.