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CAROUSEL

We were honored when asked to shape a new structure at The Farmers’ Museum to house the Empire State Carousel. The Farmers’ Museum features a collection of historic buildings that were either moved to the site or built there. So the new building had to both compliment the historical fabric of the campus while at the same time house something entirely new to the Museum, a historical Carousel. What it could not do is stand out like a sore thumb as a new building.

Typically, carousel pavilions are open on all sides. At the same time, the building needed to operate during the cooler spring and fall seasons. The building features a set of doors that retract into the ceiling, thereby affording an open pavilion in the summer and a protected environment when it is cool and rainy.

Clerestory windows bring light into the center of the building while providing a means for warm air to escape in the summer. The building can be operated in any season given the insulated upward acting doors and the in floor heating system.

To research this building type, we toured various regional carousels including Central Park and Binghamton.

Link to Five Years of the Empire State Carousel in Cooperstown at The Farmers' Museum website.