AOS at MAAM’s Building Museums Symposium 2018

AOS Principals Sam Olshin, AIA and Shawn Evans, AIA led a panel at The Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums’ (MAAM) Building Museums Symposium Saturday, March 10. Sam and Shawn were joined by Seth McFarland, of the New Mexico History Museum in Santa Fe, NM and Sarah Jane “Sally” Elk of the Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site in Philadelphia, PA to discuss “The Prison and the Palace: Balancing Interpretive Planning with Historic Preservation.”


This session explored the philosophical and technical challenges of transforming two National Historic Landmarks into museums. Philadelphia’s Eastern State Penitentiary opened in 1829 as a new model for rehabilitation through solitary detention. It closed in 1971 and reopened as a museum in 1994. Atkin Olshin Schade Architect's current project will transform the administration building into a functional visitor center. The Palace of the Governors (Santa Fe), constructed in 1610 as a territorial capitol of New Spain, was converted into a museum in 1909. AOS will preserve the interiors of North America’s oldest continuously occupied public building while replacing building systems and preparing the structure for new interpretation. 


The annual Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums’ (MAAM) Building Museums Symposium brings together architects, museum leaders and others in the AEC community that are interested in the design and rehabilitation museum spaces. To learn more about the 13th Annual Building Museums Symposium, Visit MAAM’s website