The museum will shutter for 2 years and return six times larger than the current space
Originally Published in Curbed - https://ny.curbed.com
Written by Tanay Warerkar
The museum will have a separate entrance on Mulberry Street, and will open into a central atrium with a 20-foot-tall ceiling, the architect on the project, Jonathan Scelsa, of the architecture firm op.AL, explained in an email. The lower levels of the museum will get natural light in the form of a central skylight on the ground floor. A museum gift shop will also be located on this floor.
The building that houses the museum was once the home of the Banca Stabile, a financial services institution that started serving the Italian-American community in the late 19th century. The museum now plans to incorporate artifacts from this bank into a lower level gallery.
The Italian American Museum was founded in 2001, and the hope is that this expansion will anchor the space permanently in Little Italy, and also be a place to celebrate the legacy of Italians in America.
Construction on the building is scheduled to wrap sometime in 2019. The museum will remain closed for the duration of construction. Once the new space opens, the museum’s facade will be illuminated at night.