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27 minutes ago, TheLonesomeHobo said:


I’ll post the rendering photos when I get on an actual computer if someone doesn’t beat me to it. This was not on my 2021 bingo card. I hope they can raise the funds.

4 story tower add on? Pfft. Should be 40!


But seriously, this is awesome. 

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It's a very nice mostly external renovation. I'm mostly meh on it. I think part of it is that I still see the "new" museum as just a bit shallow and terribly outdated even 20 years ago. Honestly looks inside and out like the architectural embodiment of 1995.  The institution needs a major makeover. Something far more bold to counter the silly move to plant it in a spot where it had no way to ever expand significantly in anticipation for future growth.

 IDK, I just think that what they are proposing is just more of that "phone it in" vibe I get from the institution. Honestly, they need to bulldoze the parking ramp, add a whole new 4-story wing (different architecture) that includes the Holiday Inn lot, then partner with the Ford Museum to construct a parking ramp for all three on the surface lot next to that facility. Run a skywalk from there to the hotel that continues on to the new museum wing, and then you got something bold!


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Interesting. I actually feel the opposite. Other than the glass block on a portion, I think the museum has aged well and has a nice, subdued design. I agree that the parking ramp is “meh”, but it’s a parking ramp  built at a time when there wasn’t much going on over there. 

in general, I like the museum, and the exhibits. I think the furniture exhibit is a bit dated, but that’s what happens with technology and animated characters. 

I’d love to see them add another permanent attraction, similar to the whale, carousel or steam wheel. 

I also think it’s a perfect spot for an expansion. I never realized (until Art Prize) how much dead space is sitting on the southeast side of the building. 

I’m excited. 


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