Manchester, New Hampshire

Currier Museum of Art

Our Campus Master Plan for the Currier Museum resulted in the renovation and expansion of the Museum building, making it more visible and accessible, attracting an expanded and more diverse audience. Encompasses two city blocks, the redesigned Museum campus introduces new arrival, parking, and outdoor spaces for sculpture and events.

The original 1929 Museum building, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was extensively renovated. An addition offers a fresh interpretation of the original building’s restrained classicism. Constructed with a granite base and band of glazing to light lower-level areas, it is clad with a terracotta rainscreen system, zinc metal trim, and a filtered glass curtainwall.

Three new galleries surround an indoor Winter Garden, a light-filled, year-round café and events space, one wall of which is the façade of the original building. A raked floor, 200-seat auditorium was created on the lower level. The interior materials vocabulary is simple and direct, with stained masonry flooring, wood, and glass detailing.

Currier Museum of Art
Completed 2008
Project Size
Renovation | 20,000 GSF
New Construction | 33,000 GSF
Visitor Services, Exhibition, Auditorium, Offices, Café/Winter Garden
Boston Society of Architects Honor Award Citation
AIA New England Merit Award for Design Excellence
AIA New Hampshire Excellence in Design Honor Award
“This is a transformational moment in the Currier’s history. The expansion will enrich the museum as an institution and expand the visibility of the state as a cultural destination both regionally and nationally. This project also enables the Currier to better serve our current visitors and build a museum for future generations of art patrons.”
— Susan Strickler, (then) Director

Our Process

Ann Beha Architects, now Annum Architects
Project Team
Ann Beha FAIA, Pamela Hawkes FAIA, Scott Aquilina AIA (ABA/Annum); Hawksworth-Bibb Associates (Structural); Dufresne-Henry Associates (MEP); Richard Burck Associates (Landscape); Daedalus Projects Inc. / Harvey Construction (Construction Management); Bruce Martin / Jonathan Hillyer (Photography)