Cincinnati Art Museum
Located in Eden Park, the Cincinnati Art Museum has been called the “Art Palace of the West.” Multiple additions and renovations since its opening in 1886 obscured the clarity and beauty of the original design. glaserworks’ 100,000 square feet renovation provides a coherent arrangement of galleries incorporating structural and mechanical improvements while restoring the elegance and grace of the original building.
The signature Great Hall had been divided into multiple floors, separating it from other galleries. Dropped ceilings obscured skylights and architectural detail. The renovation removed the floors, restoring the connection between Great Hall and galleries. New stairs in the hall organize vertical circulation. Removal of dropped ceilings and restoration of the skylights and cupola provide natural light as well as a sense of hierarchy and rhythm in the progression of galleries. Restoration of the architectural detailing throughout reinforces the unity of the whole.
This project received both AIA Ohio and AIA Cincinnati design awards.