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Terra Museum Renovation
Daniel Terra, then Ambassador-at-Large for Cultural
Affairs for the United States, was seeking to relocate his Evanston Museum
to Chicago’s famous Michigan Avenue.
The selected building at 670 North Michigan Avenue was typical of a standard
office structure restricted to minimum ceiling heights. Additionally, the
building was located immediately adjacent to the public sidewalk.
David Zeunert & Associates incorporated a centered recess into the street
façade to provide the museum nobility to its entrance, as well as to provide
a comfortable transition from Chicago’s frequently inclement weather.
The interior foyer was accented by a grand staircase and interior atrium
that provided vertical spaciousness from the limited ceiling heights and
established an interior orientation focus for the gallery areas.
Further effects of spaciousness were achieved by designating one of the
levels as a two-story space by removing an intermediate floors and extending
the columns and beams through this space, creating implied rooms without
walls to compliment large-scale sculpture works.
The building's existing French mansard roof geometry at the penthouse level
was selected for the lecture rooms. This location provided acoustical
benefits in avoidance of rectangular shapes, which are problematic for
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