Reporting John McDevitt
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) - After a competitive bidding process, the same architect has been chosen for the third attempt to design the American Revolution Museum. Building placement was debated over the years by the National Park Service and last year an agreement of its current old city location was reached.
Even though New York architect Robert Stern worked on the design for two previous American Revolution Museum plans, the new site at the old visitor’s center at 3rd and Chestnut is in an urban setting, that’s different from the other two sites in large fields in and near Valley Forge National Historical Park.
“The site is a tight site, which I like. A tight site it helps you along, and it’s a stone’s throw from Independence Hall. What can be wrong with that, when you are doing a center for the American Revolution?”
He says most of the building will be torn down and materials will be brick and lime stone. The bicentennial bell will be moved.
The American Revolution Center’s Museum of the American Revolution will have a George Washington’s tent in shape of an oval. It will be one of the main exhibits.
The museum is scheduled to open in 2015.
Reported by John McDevitt, KYW Newsradio 1060