The current 100-year-old home of the Trout Museum of Art will not support the organization without significant investments. Originally built as a furniture store in 1922, the current layout was not built as a gallery or education space, making daily operations and exhibition installation difficult and at times, unsafe for artwork.
A facility review performed by Hoffman Planning, Design, and Construction determined that the current Trout Museum of Art building needed almost $2,000,000 in repairs to bring the HVAC, plumbing, and electrical systems up-to-date and to museum-quality levels.
The board of directors considered these re-investments and future investments in conjunction with the current building design and configuration, versus designing and building a new home. We concluded that in addition to the repairs, the building lacked the needed configuration for a loading dock, freight elevator, exhibit preparation space and storage, event space that doesn’t put artwork at risk, and safe drop-off for students.
Building a new, accredited art museum will ensure safer, more efficient ways to display valuable artwork and increase our cultural and economic impact. A new 30,000 sq. ft. museum will allow for more extensive and special exhibitions, art education classes, public events, and create valuable community partnerships.