New Britain, Connecticut

New Britain Museum of American Art

Founded in 1903 on a site overlooking a Frederick Law Olmsted park, NBMAA supports an expansive collection of American art and public programming. To accommodate the Museum’s growing collection, program, and administrative needs, we worked with trustees and staff to develop a concept plan that included the repurposing of a historic house on the site, demolition of a later building, and construction of a new building.

The new building was completed in two phases. Connected to the historic house, it is designed as a series of smaller structures, scaled for the Museum’s residential setting. These structures share a reductive materials vocabulary of Kasota limestone, metal, glass, and wood.  Interior spaces for exhibition, visitor services, education, and community programs overlook the adjacent historic park and open onto outdoor gardens and terraces designed for gathering and events.

New Britain Museum of American Art
Project Size
Renovation | 10,000 GSF
New Construction | 60,000 GSF
Visitor Services, Exhibition, Education, Events, Café, Collections Management
Boston Society of Architects, Design Award
AIA New England Merit Award for Design Excellence
The exterior stone of the original addition can be seen in the new gallery spaces.

Our Process

Ann Beha Architects, now Annum Architects
Project Team
Ann Beha FAIA, Steven Gerrard AIA, Ian Miller AIA, Ric Panciera AIA, Tala Klick, Randa Ghattas (ABA/Annum), LeMessurier Consultants (Structural); Altieri (MEP); Close, Jensen & Miller (Civil); Richard Burck Landscape (Landscape); Fuss & O’Neil (Civil / Landscape); Sladen Feinstein Integrated Lighting (Lighting); Acentech (Acoustics); Clifford LaFontaine (Exhibit Design); Downes Construction (Construction Manager); Peter Vanderwarker (Photography)