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Columbus Museum of Art Expansion Wins 2016 Recchie Design Award

Walker Evans Walker Evans Columbus Museum of Art Expansion Wins 2016 Recchie Design AwardPhoto of the new wing of the Columbus Museum of Art. Photo by Brad Feinknopf.
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Last night, the Columbus Landmarks Foundation unveiled the winner of their 2016 James B. Recchie Award: The Columbus Museum of Art. The CMA saw an expansion and renovation that was completed in October 2015, helmed by a local architectural team that included DesignGroup and MKSK. Local architectural firm Schooley Caldwell was also recognized for previous renovation work completed at the CMA.

“The Recchie Design Award recognizes all types of urban design including the preservation, restoration, rehabilitation or adaptive re-use of historic buildings, additions to historic buildings, new building design, landscape design, and public art. It is rare that one project encompasses all of these categories, and the jury noted that the Columbus Museum of Art restoration and renovation checks all of the boxes,” said Nancy Recchie, Historic Preservation Consultant with Benjamin D. Rickey & Co. and sister of the Award’s namesake. “Not only did it involve all of these elements, but they were done exceptionally well so that the whole ensemble is truly outstanding.”

The three architectural firms were recognized for their individual contributions to the CMA remodel and redesign, including the Margaret M. Walter Wing Addition, designed by DesignGroup, the Beaton Hall and 1931 Museum Building Renovation, designed by Schooley Caldwell, and the landscaped areas and creative spaces outside of the museum, designed by MKSK.

The group announced the four runners up back in August, which also included the The Cristo Rey Columbus High School (Designed by Schooley Caldwell), The Julian Apartments (designed by Sullivan Bruck Architects) and Nationwide Children’s Hospital (designed by FKP Architects, Ralph Applebaum & Associates and MKSK).

For more information, visit www.columbuslandmarks.org.

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