Preserving the History of Thoroughbred Racing
The LA Group provided a comprehensive master plan, site design, civil engineering and permitting for a $9M expansion to add 10,000 sq. ft. to an existing museum dedicated to thoroughbred horse racing.
We worked closely with the project architect and construction management team throughout the process. Special attention to the neighborhood context and flexibility for large events presented unique challenges.
The addition features an exterior statue garden, gallery, and the parking lot serves a dual role to provide needed parking and as a staging area for the museums annual fundraising event under a custom made tented area.
Approximately 50,000 people visit the museum annually. The LA Group was also retained to provide an updated design for the garden that is now named the C.V. Whitney Courtyard. Viewable from any direction through floor-to-ceiling windows from adjacent galleries the 3,000 sq. ft. courtyard is a focal point of the museum. The LA Group worked closely with the Museum to create an elegant space, where weddings, cocktail receptions and other celebrations are held. The design incorporates an existing copper sculpture of Secretariat and a field of brick pavers that could be purchased by donors to fund the courtyard revitalization and as part of a larger fundraising campaign.
- Subject of a State Grand Prize, New York State Nursery/Landscape Association