The National Center for Children’s Illustrated LiteratureThe National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature Abilene, Texas
The National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature (NCCIL) Board worked with PSC, then the Tittle Luther Partnership, to create a venue for celebrating the artwork of award-winning illustrators of children’s books and to preserve the historic Rhodes Building. The center partners with these talented illustrators to produce exhibitions that appeal to all ages, offer free art activities and schedule workshops and meet-the-artist events.
The Rhodes Building was constructed in the 1920s as an automobile garage to support the Grace Hotel. The structure’s original canopies on the east and south facades were replaced, and the original wood roof structure, trusses and skylights were rehabilitated. The NCCIL design provided a historically appropriate exterior which met the Secretary of the Interior’s “Standards for Rehabilitation,” repaired the failing structural elements, and created the flexible exhibit, teaching and administrative spaces. Upon completion of construction in September of 2000, the building took its place as a critical element of the Abilene Cultural Historic District.
- Services Provided
Programming, Architectural and Interior Design, Mechanical, Structural and Civil Engineering, Construction Documents, Construction Contract Administration
- Construction Type
- Project Components
Restoration of the Exterior, Demolition of the Interior, and Construction of Gallery Space, Classroom, Administrative Spaces, and Support Spaces for a Unique Gallery for Original Art from Children’s Books
- Project Type
- Project Delivery Method
Negotiated Contract – John Crowe Construction
- PROJECT LEADERSHIP