The Park City Museum resides in three historic buildings in the heart of Park City's Main Street. The original uses for the buildings were as the City Hall and Territorial Jail, the Library, and the Fire Department Whistle Tower. These building were built between 1885 and 1901. Only occupying a small space in the City Hall, the original size of the Museum was not adequate for some of the museum exhibitions, education programs, and also lacked have the ability to control the interior environment, putting the antiques and artifacts at risk.
The goal of this adaptive use project was to use these historic buildings, as well as a modern addition, to allow the museum to show exhibits that were once limited by the previous space. To help achieve this goal, the Park City Historical Society & Museum rehabilitated the historic buildings to the Secretary of the Interior's Standards and built a modern addition that would complement the existing structures.
The museum also used this project as a tool to educate the community about the importance of saving historic places. It was vital to both the museum and the architect that the addition not mimic the historic building, but rather showcase the historic nature of what was there before. This adaptive use and expansion project has allowed the Park City Museum to have a contemporary and sustainable history museum that will better serve the community and enhance the downtown area.
Utah Heritage Foundation presented the award to the Park City Historical Society and Museum.
Project Architect: Mark Cavagnero Associates, Laura Blake and Brandon Joo
General Contractor: Interior Construction Specialists, David Morse