Art & Culture
Jim Rouse Visionary Center
Nestled at the base of historic Federal Hill, the Jim Rouse Visionary Center represents the third and final addition to the American Visionary Art Museum (AVAM) in Baltimore, Maryland, the only museum of its kind in the country. Named in honor or urban visionary, Jim Rouse, this abandoned waterside whiskey barrel warehouse now houses a center devoted to promoting the theme of creative social action.
American Visionary Arts Museum
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Inspiration for the design came from reusing the dramatic timber structure that formerly held stacked kegs of whiskey. Much of it was removed to gain program space, yet an entire bay was retained.
Rehabilitating the intricate framework and bracing the historic structure, salvaged existing timbers were utilized in the new construction.
The blue glass bottle wall serves as a focal highlight of the space.
Andrew Logan's 8-foot Cosmic Galaxy Egg welcomes visitors to the entry courtyard.
The building is situated toward a fabulous view back towards Jim Rouse’s Harborplace, the hallmark project that ignited Baltimore’s waterfront development.
The "birds nest" sculpture/balcony on the third floor offers spectacular views back to the harbor.
AIA Baltimore, Honorable Mention
Maryland Historic Trust Preservation Project Award
Baltimore Heritage Historic Preservation Award
AIA Maryland, Design Award
American Society of Interior Designers: 1st Place, Historic/Commercial
Building Congress and Exchange Craftsmanship Award
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Baltimore, MD 21201
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