Remember a while back in a Heard Around Town post there were rumors of a Folk Music Hall of Fame coming to Liberty Street? Well the plans just got a little more serious with the creation of renderings from River Architects, the same architects who brought you the design of the Wherehouse Restaurant. What do you think of the design? For those of you who have expressed interest in more modern architecture in the city, this design sure is different than your average 1900’s building. However, it’s almost certain that this building falls inside the historic district so, it will be interesting to see how the final design falls through.
The ideas look promising with an exhibit space, performance space, museum store, recording booths, and cafe. Liberty Street has many pending projects that are waiting to see initiation. Needless to say, if all of these plans can become a reality, things could really change.
So what does the Folk Music Hall of Fame have to say about their plans? As far as the design of the building they say that “the innovative design is in keeping with similar projects around the world that incorporate as much of the original structure as possible while creating new and exciting functional spaces. The designing architectural firm River Architects will include the feedback from the ARC for the formal application.” And, if the orange exterior scares you, don’t be. According to archtiect James Hartford, “The orange in the image is not really supposed to be orange, but rather a natural wood color- but we had to jump up the contrast to make it stand out.”
They plan to induct their first members this winter in a concert series, and are currently accepting donations of musical instruments, artifacts, and monetary contributions. The FMHF plans to benefit the community by presenting concerts and educational programs for persons of all ages. And they will provide instruments on loan to underprivileged children. They feel that Community Development through the Arts is a major component of revitalizing The City of Newburgh.