CHA Project on Martha's Vineyard Earns Two Preservation Massachusetts Awards

November 19, 2020

CHA is excited to announce that the Martha’s Vineyard Museum has received two 2020 awards from Preservation Massachusetts. CHA served as the owner’s representative for the project.   

The first award is the Robert H. Kuehn, Jr. Award, which recognizes extraordinary projects throughout the Commonwealth that "meld collaborative partnerships with creative and cutting-edge ideas for the rehabilitation and active reuse of historic buildings.” The second award is the People’s Preservation Choice Award, which was the result of over 24,000 votes cast, 11,000 of which were in support of this remarkable project. These awards represent CHA's leadership and collaboration in the preservation of this significant and historic building.

The Martha’s Vineyard Museum project re-purposed the 10,000 square foot Marine Hospital Building, originally constructed in 1895, in a manner consistent with the Secretary of the Interior Standards for Rehabilitation. The revitalized building was developed to meet the museum’s visitor services, collections storage, research, and gallery needs while respecting its historical elements. Martha’s Vineyard Museum features a 5,100 square foot Exhibition and Collections wing housing permanent exhibits and a 2,400 square foot Vehicles and Vessels building that houses the museum’s collection of large objects and serves as a multi-purpose function space.

These three major elements have been composed to frame a new courtyard to the south of the building, creating a more intimate outdoor space in counterpart to the sweeping north lawn. Both outdoor spaces accommodate a range of events and uses. A new tiered parking area alongside the courtyard allows visitors to enter the museum’s main entry from the south or north side.

In recognition of the project, Preservation Massachusetts put together the following video: