The New & Improved HRM

The HRM is excited to embark on its West Wing expansion and improvement project and much-needed restoration of Glenview historic home. This capital project will enable us to bring a world-class museum experience to all in Westchester and the metropolitan area.

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Rendering by Archimuse.

Hudson River Museum is thrilled to announce that its long-awaited West Wing strategic capital improvement project will break ground in fall 2020. The project, made possible by previously-allocated funding totaling 12.28M from Westchester County, the City of Yonkers, and New York State, includes much-needed improvements including, for the first time, dedicated special exhibition galleries with exhilarating views; a sculpture court; a 100-tiered seat auditorium; necessary art storage space; and a climate control system, all of which will allow the Museum to organize and present cutting-edge exhibitions. The project will also allow the Museum to display and interpret far more of its permanent collection while ensuring proper storage and safekeeping of the Museum’s repository of cultural heritage.

Tom D’Auria, HRM Board of Trustees Chair, expressed, “The Hudson River Museum is proud to move forward toward the completion of this long-planned project, a key component of the institution’s master plan. This capital project will enable us to bring a premier museum experience to all in Westchester and the Metropolitan area.”

Masha Turchinsky, HRM Director and CEO, stated, “These exciting capital enhancements will allow the Hudson River Museum to welcome and embrace our community, while protecting the treasures that we can all learn from together. More than just additional space, this expansion project will allow the HRM to rethink how we present and share art and offer something new and inspiring every time you visit.”

We are proud to work with and receive key support from Westchester County, the City of Yonkers, and New York State to realize this important expansion and much-needed renovations at this important juncture in our collective history. This project will position the Museum for an important fundraising campaign to ensure the long-term sustainability of the institution for generations to come.

Read the full press release here.

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Rendering by Archimuse.

Designed by Archimuse, the West Wing project expands the Museum from approximately 40,000 to 52,000 square feet while seamlessly integrating the enhancements with the existing Museum campus, including its center Courtyard and the view of the Hudson River and Palisades. The West Wing is the culmination of a multi-phased Master Plan begun in 2002, in which capital improvements were made to the Museum’s entrance and lobby, the creation of a new education center and a 400-seat outdoor amphitheater, as well as critically needed updates to exhibition galleries and a new special events space.

Subsequent phases of the project are planned to address restoration of the exterior of Glenview, the Museum’s prominent nineteenth-century home on the National Register of Historic Places, and a much-needed new roof for the existing 1969 building.

“The Hudson River Museum is a national treasure,” said Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins. “Through partnership at all levels of government, we were able to deliver the investment needed to begin this important project. These new improvements will ensure the museum can broaden its offerings, and continue to make a significant impact in our community and across the State.”

Westchester County Executive George Latimer stated, “Cultural appreciation is a keystone of our County and its residents. This project will provide one of Westchester’s most important cultural institutions the foundation it needs to continue serving our communities with its nationally renowned programs and exhibitions. Helping to fund this project, without having to allocate any new funds, is a great investment in the future of Westchester County as a cultural destination.”

“This is a long-term investment in our diverse Westchester community. This project will provide one of the County’s most important cultural institutions the foundation it needs to continue serving residents well into the 21st century.” Benjamin Boykin II, Chairman, Westchester County Board of Legislators.

Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano added, “We are proud that for many residents in Westchester and the New York area, a trip to the Hudson River Museum in Yonkers is their first museum experience. This project will ensure that the Museum remains a prestigious, nationally recognized institution, able to expand its offerings to the public, and ready to inspire future generations in our City and beyond.”

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Rendering by Archimuse.

The Special Exhibitions Galleries, a space of 3,350 square feet, is a fifteen-foot tall specialized facility designed to attract and display world-class art and adhere to rigorous industry conservation standards. It will graciously accommodate the widest range of changing exhibitions and lender requirements, and allow for an exciting variety of installation, performance, multimedia, and large-scale art. It will simultaneously allow the Museum to exhibit far more of its own collections on a permanent basis.

The Museum is proud to announce that the new galleries will include a stunning space for displays that will feature local and emerging artists, including work by artists-in-residence, community collaborations, and partnerships with schools.

In the center of the Special Exhibitions Gallery is a cantilevered glass overlook, which grants a dramatic, three-sided panoramic view of the Hudson River and the majestic Palisades, inviting spaces for relaxation and contemplation. It is the West Wing’s dramatic scenic gesture and ultimate tribute to the natural beauty that surrounds it.

The West Wing’s interior Sculpture Court will provide dedicated space, filled with natural light, in which to experience significant works from the permanent collection with a clear view to the Museum Courtyard, Glenview, and the outside world. Many of these sculptures have rarely been on view during the past several decades due to space constraints.

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Cantilevered glass overlook in the center of the Special Exhibitions Gallery. Rendering by Archimuse.

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Dedicated gallery for local and emerging artists and community collaborations. Image inspired by recent Teaching Artist-in-Residence Ebony Bolt. Rendering by Archimuse.

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A new Sculpture Court will display significant works from the permanent collection. Rendering by Archimuse.

The West Wing will include a tiered 100-seat, state-of-the-art Auditorium, responding to the natural cascading grade. The universally accessible Auditorium will allow the Museum to present multimedia presentations and performances, film and video projection, dance, lectures, and panel discussions.

The existing outdoor patio adjoining the Auditorium will be transformed into the River Terrace. The Terrace will be upgraded with a new concrete slab and sleek glass parapet, connecting the Auditorium with the Hudson Room, the Museum’s special events space overlooking the River.

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Tiered 100-seat, state-of-the-art Auditorium. Rendering by Archimuse.

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River Terrace adjoining the Auditorium. Rendering by Archimuse.

The new art storage will meet stringent requirements imposed by lender organizations and the American Alliance of Museums to ensure safe housing and display of artwork, and conform with current professional standards for collections management and storage.

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Rendering by Archimuse.

Glenview Historic House

The exterior of Glenview, the Museum’s beautiful and important 1877 riverfront home on the National Register of Historic Places and fashioned in an eclectic Late Victorian style, will receive much needed conservation to its stone and wood work, roof, and windows. Designed by Charles W. Clinton, the noteworthy architect of New York’s Park Avenue Armory building, Glenview’s period rooms are furnished with some of the finest Victorian art and decorative arts in harmony with the high style architecture of the building.

Museum Roof Repair

The Museum’s existing 1969 building, its galleries and Planetarium, urgently need a new roof. A technologically advanced roof surface will be installed on the entire 20,000 square foot existing Museum building roof and high performance insulation will increase energy efficiency.

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Archimuse, led by Benjamin D. Kracauer, AIA, Principal, Architect and Reuben S. Jackson, RA, Principal, Architect, was founded in 1990 to directly address the goals and aspirations of the museum community: to conserve, to study, to interpret, and to exhibit. Archimuse provides fully integrated services and support necessary to fulfill these mandates. With its programmatic approach to planning, architecture and design, and coordinated and diversified methodology, Archimuse offers a uniquely balanced expertise to the planning and building process.

Other Archimuse clients and successful projects include the Brooklyn Museum of Art; Carnegie Museum of Art; Connecticut Historical Society; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden; Metropolitan Museum of Art; Museum at Eldridge Street; Museum of Modern Art; Museum of Yachting, Newport, Rhode Island; New-York Historical Society; Oakes Museum of Natural History at Messiah College; Orange County Museum of Art: Phillips Museum of Art at Franklin & Marshall College; Urban Cultural Parks in Cohoes and Buffalo, NY; Whitney Museum of American Art.

Reuben S. Jackson, RA, Principal, Architect
Reuben S. Jackson is a graduate of the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, where he studied architecture under Bernard Tschumi, Steven Holl, Michael Bell, William MacDonald and others. Jackson is presently directing the construction of Housing Works’ West Side Health Center at 326 West 48th Street, a gut renovation of an existing four-storey building plus Cellar, into the latest Housing Works primary care and behavioral health facility. He also directed the construction and recent completion of Housing Works’ East New York Community Health Center at 2640 Pitkin Avenue in Brooklyn.

Benjamin D. Kracauer, AIA, Principal, Architect
Upon receiving his degree in Architecture from Princeton University in 1979, Kracauer worked with Michael Graves Architect, Venturi, Rauch, and Scott Brown Architects, and Robert A. M. Stern Architects. Later, as project architect at Edward Larrabee Barnes/John M.Y. Lee Architects, he headed the addition and renovation of the Birmingham Museum of Art, including a sculpture garden (in collaboration with Elyn Zimmerman); the new Knoxville Museum of Art; and the Whitney Museum of American Art at Equitable Center. Also working with the Equitable, Kracauer has installed major outdoor urban art commissions that include sculptor Scott Burton’s “Urban Plazas: North and South”; sculptor Barry Flanagan’s “Leaping Hare” and “Young Elephant”; and Sol Lewitt’s “Wall Drawing.”

The HRM was thrilled to break ground on our new West Wing Project on Wednesday, November 18. It was a chilly, beautiful day and we are grateful to all who attended and showed their support. Hudson River Museum Director and CEO Masha Turchinsky outlined the plans for the capital project and welcomed supporters including: NYS Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins; Deputy County Executive Ken Jenkins; Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano and team; Yonkers City Council President Mike Khader and Yonkers City Council representatives Shanae Williams, Tasha Diaz, and Councilman Mike Breen; and Westchester County Board of Legislators Christopher Johnson and Ruth Walter. Also, special thanks to Tom D’Auria, HRM’s Board Chair, and all of the Board of Trustees, as well as Archimuse architects Benjamin Kracauer and Reuben S. Jackson.

New York’s Hudson River Museum Will Break Ground on a Major Expansion
The Architect’s Newspaper (November 16, 2020) ↗

“The Hudson River Museum in Yonkers, New York, is gearing up to break ground on a significant expansion and improvement project that will bring, among other things, 12,000 square feet of additional public and behind-the-scenes space to the venerable Westchester County cultural institution.”