Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library Visitor & Education Center

A gateway to the Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site, the Wallace Center frames vistas and orients visitors moving through the site.

The building is composed of a series of pavilions that relate in form and structure to the Library and Museum and recall the historic Dutch Colonial architecture of the Hudson Valley. Gable roofs, fieldstone walls, and long porches protect the building from summer sun and provide gathering places. The pavilions house the principal public spaces of the visitor center: orientation lobby, auditorium, education center, gift shop, and café. The Center opens onto and shapes adjacent landscapes. Two entrances provide separate access for groups arriving by bus and 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 historic vistas and landscapes.

Hyde Park, New York
2004

50,000 gross square feet

Awards
  • AIA Committee on Architecture in Education Educational Facility Design Award of Excellence
  • AIA New York State Award of Merit
  • New York Construction Cultural Award of Merit


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