Franklin Delano Roosevelt Presidential Library: Henry A. Wallace Visitor & Education Center
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Franklin Delano Roosevelt Presidential Library: Henry A. Wallace Visitor & Education Center

Hyde Park, NY

Capturing FDR's spirit with a modern interpretation of the Hudson Valley's historic, Dutch-colonial vernacular

The FDR Library’s Visitor Center is composed of a series of pavilions that relate in form and structure to the existing presidential library and museum, which recall the historic Dutch colonial architecture of the Hudson Valley. Gable roofs, fieldstone walls, and long porches provide ample gathering space while protecting the building from the summer sun. The pavilions house the principal public spaces of the visitor center: orientation lobby, auditorium, education center, gift shop, and café. The center is designed to open onto and shape its adjacent landscapes. Two entrances provide separate access for groups arriving by either bus or automobile. The café and multipurpose rooms open onto the courtyard, which is a gathering space for visitors proceeding to the library and museum. The conference rooms open toward the neighboring Beatrix Ferrand Garden. New roads and parking are located to provide minimal intrusion on the property’s historic vistas and landscapes.

Project Facts

  • Client:

  • National Archives and Records Administration
  • Size:

  • 50,000 sf
  • Markets:

  • Libraries, Arts + Culture, Retail + Experience
  • Region:

  • United States
  • Studios:

  • New York

    Awards

  • Educational Facility Design Award of Excellence, AIA Committee on Architecture for Education (CAE), 2007
  • Award of Merit, AIA, 2006
  • Cultural Award of Merit, New York Construction Magazine, 2004