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Cape Cod Museum of Art

Retained by Polhemus Savery DaSilva Architects to prepare all the construction documents for the renovation and addition of this 8,500 s.f. wood framed museum. The Cape Cod Museum of Art, located in the Old King's Highway Historic District of Dennis, required more gallery and administrative space and a new image consistent with its growing importance as a regional arts institution. A new arcade—created to span and unify the building’s front facade—serves to organize entry functions and also provides a covered exterior space for museum functions. Major elements of the new building were oriented to welcome the visitor, and designed to elevate the building’s physical and cultural stature within its immediate and regional contexts. Views across the new sculpture garden encompass the new Hart–Signore Sculpture Gallery, a space created by enclosing an existing porch with a glass curtain wall. This gallery effects a transition between the more formal spaces of the museum’s interior, and the casual feel of the outdoor garden.