BY MIKE BUTLER
The new Chandler Museum will be a striking contemporary counterpoint to the historic McCullough-Price House, linked by an arrival plaza, a pedestrian corridor, gardens and a shaded courtyard.
Phil Weddle of Scottsdale-based Weddle Gilmore Architects unveiled renderings for the 10,000-square-foot building at an open house held March 22nd at the McCullough-Price House, 300 S. Chandler Village Drive, near the Chandler Fashion Center.
Weddle, who hosted the meeting with Museum Administrator Jody Crago, said the design had to meet the city’s top priority of having a strong, iconic visual identity. It was also very important to have flexible gallery space and to protect the 3,300-square-foot McCullough-Price House’s national historic register listing.
The new museum will house a 4,500-square-foot exhibition hall, which will be large enough to present Chandler projects at the same time as national traveling shows. Community school children will be able to use 1,000 square
feet of classroom space. it, will be ideal for receptions and will The new 5,000-square-foot courtyard, transition to the existing McCullough-or “living room,” as Weddle described Price courtyard. The 1938 pueblo revival
home’s rooms will be renovated inside and become a first-class archive and research center. The home’s garage will also be restyled as a multipurpose/bonus gallery space. The home will continue to be used as the museum staff’s offices.
Crago said the historic home’s offices and extensive archives will be cleared out before construction begins this summer and moved to a temporary site.
Until 2012, the Chandler Museum resided in a cramped and antiquated former library building downtown. That building had to be demolished. Officials planned a new downtown museum to be ready for the city’s 2012 centennial, but those plans were scrapped due to the recession.
The project will cost $6 million and will be paid for with bonds that Chandler voters approved in 2004 and 2007.
Crago thanked the 50 residents who attended the open house for their interest and support.
“We hope you’ll all come back in December of 2018 for a great party,” he said.