Consigli Completes First Phase of Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art Renovation

HARTFORD, CT – Consigli Construction Co., Inc. announces the firm has completed the first phase of renovations at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford, Connecticut. The oldest public art museum in the United States, Wadsworth Atheneum is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The completion of this first phase of construction enabled the museum to reopen its Morgan Great Hall, which was reinstalled for the first time with large-scale works from the museum’s contemporary collection.

Included within this first phase of work was the reconstruction of the East Elevation (Prospect Street) Tennessee Marble parapet walls, extensive plaster repair and re-introduction of the original skylights that serve the second floor Morgan galleries. These skylights will bring natural light into the upper galleries and eastern stairwell. Extensive HVAC upgrades throughout the building have also been completed, along with envelope and roof repairs to the Goodwin and Avery Buildings.

The balance of Consigli’s work for the museum involves the reconstruction of the West Elevation (Main Street) marble parapet walls, introduction of the skylights and interior upgrades to the Morgan galleries.

“This renovation is an important step in our strategy of preserving and conserving the museum’s renowned collections and ensuring that we continue to be a good steward of our existing facilities,” said Susan L. Talbott, Director, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art.

The comprehensive renovation is taking place across all five of the museum’s buildings and will recapture 10,000 square feet of refurbished gallery space to be completed at the end of 2011.

The project team includes Consigli Construction Co., Inc.’s Enfield, Connecticut office, the Hartford-based firm of SmithEdwards Architects and Alan Barton, Director of Facilities, who is managing the project for the Wadsworth Atheneum Musuem of Art.

Photo: Wadsworth Atheneum and Morgan Great Hall