Work begins this month on a new American Revolution Museum at Yorktown to replace the Yorktown Victory Center. W.M. Jordan Company Inc. of Newport News will serve as construction manager for the first phases of the $20.7 million project. It will include an 80,000-square-foot facility and visitor parking areas and eventual demolition of existing structures.
The Yorktown Victory Center, located at Route 1020 and the Colonial Parkway in Yorktown, is operated by the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, a state agency. The museum replacement project is being funded primarily through the sale of Virginia Public Building Authority bonds. Private donations will support elements of gallery and outdoor exhibits and educational resources.
The current center will continue operating as a museum of the American Revolution throughout construction. “We are committed to providing our visitors an excellent experience while construction is under way,” Foundation Executive Director Philip G. Emerson said in a statement.
The new building, situated on a 22-acre site that will face the roadway entrance to the museum, will have space for expanded exhibition galleries, classrooms and support functions. The museum’s outdoor re-created Continental Army encampment and Revolutionary-period farm also will be expanded and relocated.
The architect for the replacement project is Westlake Reed Leskosky of Cleveland, Ohio, and Washington, D.C., with Hopke & Associates of Williamsburg as associate architect.
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