Louis Armstrong House Museum Visitor Center Queens, New York Building
Louis Armstrong House Museum Visitor Center
Queens Architecture, New York, USA – design by Caples Jefferson Architects
Aug 10, 2017
Louis Armstrong House Museum Visitor Center
Design: Caples Jefferson Architects
Location: 34-56 107th Street, Queens, NY 11368, USA
Visitor Center at the Louis Armstrong House Museum, New York, USA
LOUIS ARMSTRONG HOUSE MUSEUM IN QUEENS, NY ANNOUNCES GROUNDBREAKING CEREMONY FOR A NEW $23-MILLION EDUCATION CENTER
Queens, NY…Louis Armstrong House Museum Executive Director Michael Cogswell held a groundbreaking ceremony for the Museum’s new 14,000-square- foot Education Center on Monday, July 17, 2017 across the street from the landmarked house of the legendary jazz great.
The ceremony will include brief remarks by:
• Queens Borough President Melinda Katz,
• Queens College President Félix Matos Rodríguez,
• CUNY Chancellor James Milliken,
• New York City Council Member Julissa Ferreras-Copeland,
• New York State Assembly Member Jeffrion Aubry, and
• Other elected officials and stakeholders.
Following the ceremony, the Museum will host a reception in the Armstrongs’ beautiful garden.
The new $23-million facility will broaden the public’s understanding of Armstrong’s life and legacy with a state-of-the- art Exhibition Gallery, 68-seat Jazz Club, and Museum Store to complement the visitor experience at the Museum. The Museum’s monumental research collections, currently housed in the library at Queens College, will move into a leading-edge Archival Center on the second floor. “The Louis Armstrong House Museum’s transformative new Education Center and expanded programming will better serve visitors from around the globe and directly support the very community that Satchmo called home,” said Queens Borough President Melinda Katz.
The Center is designed by New York City-based Caples Jefferson Architects, a recipient of numerous commissions and awards, including AIA New York State Firm of the Year. When completed in 2019, the project design aims to achieve a LEED Gold rating.
Cogswell said, “We are thrilled to reach this important milepost. The groundbreaking for the Education Center is the next step toward creating a Louis Armstrong campus. When completed, we can offer a broad array of public programs to preserve and promote Louis’s remarkable legacy. There is nothing else like it in the jazz world.”
The campus will also comprise the home of the late Selma Heraldo, the Museum’s beloved neighbor who had lived next door to the Armstrong House for her entire life of 87 years and was a very close friend to the Armstrongs. She bequeathed her house to the Museum after her death in 2011. The Museum has since received a $1.027-million grant from the City of New York to renovate Selma’s House (as it will always be called) for offices, meetings, and storage.
About the Louis Armstrong House Museum
In 1943, the great musician Louis Armstrong and his wife Lucille (a Cotton Club dancer) purchased a modest house on 107th Street in Corona, Queens. Despite wealth and celebrity, they lived there for the rest of their lives. Today their house, perfectly preserved, is a National Historic Landmark and a New York City landmark visited by people from all over the world. The Museum is located at 34-56 107th Street in Corona, Queens, New York. The museum is open Tuesday–Friday from 10 am to 5 pm and Saturday/Sunday from 12 noon to 5 pm.
The exhibit “Fifty Years of What a Wonderful World” is on display now through October and is free with museum admission. Parking is available in the neighborhood and the Museum is accessible via the 7 train on the 103 St-Corona Plaza stop.
Thanks to the vision and funding of the Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation, the museum welcomes visitors from all over the world, six days per week, 52 weeks per year. This museum is a member of the American Alliance of Museums, Association of African American Museums, Museums Council of New York City, New York State Museums Association, National Trust for Historic Preservation, NYC & Co., and the Queens Tourism Council. The museum is a constituent of Kupferberg Center for the Arts at Queens College, CUNY.
Address: 34-56 107th St, Queens, NY 11368, USA
Phone: +1 718-997-3670
Location: 34-56 107th St, Queens, New York City, USA
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