Of Its Time
The new $7.7 million Pizzagalli Center is a game changer for Vermont’s eclectic Shelburne Museum
written by kathleen james • photographed by peter vanderwarker
For many years, the Shelburne Museum was mostly unseen from Route 7, the two-lane main road that runs through the town of Shelburne, Vermont. A covered bridge and some rooftops were visible over a stockade fence, but drivers could easily zip by without knowing they had passed one of New England’s most interesting and eclectic cultural institutions.
The wooden stockade was torn down last fall and replaced by a
wrought-iron fence that allows an expansive view of the landscaped
grounds. Dotted with 38 exhibition buildings and more than 20 gardens, the focal point of this bucolic scene is the new $7.7 million Pizzagalli Center for Art and Education, which opened in August. As board
Chairman Peter Martin explains, the building is “a game changer for
the museum.” It’s the showcase project of the museum’s successful $14
million capital campaign to fund construction of the building, establish
an endowment for its upkeep, and pay for communications upgrades
the pizzagalli center at the Shelburne
Museum in Vermont has a particularly
dramatic presence when lighted at night.
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