Fenimore Art Museum American Indian Wing Cooperstown, New York

The museum stands next to a distinguished research library and together with the Historical Association they form a rich resource for studying history and culture in New York State and America.

  • Location

    New York, New York

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  • Client

    New York State Historical Association

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  • Size

    48,000 SF
    121-Seat Auditorium

The new construction adds a wing for the display of over 700 fragile and light-sensitive Native American artifacts to the museum.

18,000 SF of gallery and support space was added to the museum without disrupting the graceful slope of the surrounding lakeside landscape special to Cooperstown.

By locating the new galleries underground, the house now adjoins a garden terrace whose various levels, pavilions, and plantings provide a handsome outlook to the nine-mile lake below. A grand, double-stair descending to the central exhibition hall offers access to two galleries, a 121-seat auditorium, study center, storage areas, and support facilities.

2000 National Trust for Historic Preservation, National Historic Trust Distinctive Destination Award