Missouri Botanical Gardens, Museum Renovation Masterplan

St. Louis, Missouri (2003)

Missouri Botanical Gardens, Museum Renovation Masterplan

St. Louis, Missouri (2003)

 

Designed by George I. Barnett, St. Louis’ first trained architect, and built by Henry Shaw in 1859, the Museum Building is one of the most historic buildings at the Missouri Botanical Garden.  Mr. Shaw constructed the building as an herbarium and library.  Over the years it has been used for many purposes, however, during recent years the building has been largely empty. 

The renovation master plan includes a new elevator to permit universal accessibility, restored shelving to permit display of the Garden’s herbarium collection, and support facilities to permit lectures and special events in the two-story restored main library room.  New public restrooms are proposed in the lower level which will accommodate everyday Garden visitors.

The building was carefully documented to determine the original architectural features.  The design recommendations call for careful restoration of original building features, including English ceramic tile which had been damaged or removed over the years.

The adjacent site will be developed to maintain the existing site character.  Brick walks will be repaired, a new event patio will be installed, and building accessibility paths are designed to minimize the use of ramps and railings.