White River, AZ
Cultural Center Celebrates Apache Heritage
On the edge of the White Mountain Apache Reservation sits Fort Apache, a place of pain and suffering reborn as a center of healing and rejuvenation. Built in 1870 by the US cavalry to control the fertile land by subduing native people, the site is now a National Register Historic District with a cultural center, museum and nature park that celebrates Apache heritage. Atkin Olshin Schade developed a master plan for the 288-acre site, which included assessing the condition of twenty-four historic structures, prioritizing repairs and renovations, and evaluating each building for interpretive and education programming, visitor amenities, and opportunities for fundraising and economic development.
Museum Consultant: WOLF Consulting; Economic Development: Social Enterprise Associates