Alfonso Architects will design the Museum of the American Arts and Crafts Movement (MAACM) in St. Petersburg on behalf of collector Rudy Ciccarello and the Two Red Roses Foundation (TRRF). Scheduled to open in early 2016, the four-story, 90,000-sq.-ft. museum will include rare and one-of-a-kind works by leading craftsmen and artists of the early 20th century. A reference library, furnished with period pieces such as Stickley furniture and Tiffany lighting, will house books and catalogues on the Arts and Crafts Movement and the TRRF collection.
Rendering courtesy Alfonso Architects
The museum’s architecture “is inspired by the Arts & Crafts Movement in its detailing and customization of materials and joinery,” architect Alberto Alfonso said in a statement. “The spaces will embrace natural light and respond to the different scales of the objects they hold. It will be a building of our time that celebrates this immensely important period of art, architecture, and American history.”
Plans also call for spaces for special exhibitions, events galleries, a small auditorium, restaurant, café, gift shop, and bookstore.