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Conecuh Old Town Museum _ Evergreen, Alabama
The existing structure located on Hwy. 84 in Conecuh County, Alabama, was the site of the Old Cedar Grove A.M.E. Church. It is the oldest standing structure of the Old Town community. The church's founding dates back to the 1800's, and occupied three sites, including the construction of the existing concrete block and wood structure.
The Old Town Improvement Association envisions converting the structure into a culture and heritage museum center for the community - which would serve as a destination of the Alabama Black Heritage Tourism Trail for Conecuh County.
The design would include restoration of the existing structure, and the addition of a new entry structure attached to the front. The addition would serve as an exterior gathering space for visitors to the museum, as well as create a distinct new "porch" for the existing structure. The addition would also provide an accessible entry for the new center.
On the porch, the inner screen surface would serve as a space for mounting or projecting of visual works.
The interior of the center would be divided to include two primary spaces - one for exhibits including family memorabilia and artifacts, and another for gatherings, meetings or special events.
A new translucent roof for the existing building would provide an abundance of natural light to supplement windows in side walls - similar to the character of the front porch screen wall.
Artist Works Shown:
Elizabeth Fox, Joyce Owens