Create space for museums in the city

first_imgIn March, I had the pleasure of visiting the Buffalo Transportation Pierce Arrow Museum on the east side of downtown Buffalo. I was very impressed and thought: Why couldn’t Schenectady have a similar facility for our now homeless museums? Occupying one city block, the Pierce Arrow Museum consists of a remodeled industrial warehouse with a new, airy, multi-story atrium wing attached. The collection consists of antique motorcars, motorbikes, bicycles, a few horse drawn carriages and a number of smaller exhibits, including radiator caps and advertising posters displayed in glass cases. The centerpiece is a large mock-up of a Frank Lloyd Wright gas station.Having visited both the Edison Tech Center and ALCO Historical & Technical Society, I have long thought that both would do well has cohabiters of a larger museum of industrial heritage. They could have separate wings with exhibits, curation, offices and storage space, but share a common lobby, rest rooms and gift shop. There could also be a separate gallery for visiting expositions and special events.How such a faculty could be organized and financed is beyond my talents, but I think it would be a worthwhile public endeavor. Perhaps it could be part of an expanded miSci Museum. You don’t need to spend a billion dollars hiring Frank Gehry. The Pierce Arrow Museum is an attractive but relatively modest building.Schenectady is building up the makings of a robust tourist economy with Proctors, the casino, new hotels, restaurants and bars, and a new train station. Museums are sadly the underdeveloped component. This should change.Benjamin TuronBallston SpaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Guilderland girls’ soccer team hands BH-BL first league lossEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img

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