National Civil Rights Museum Expansion

Two historic buildings adjacent the original Lorraine Motel have been restored and expanded as part ofExploring the Legacy,” a major addition to the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis. New exhibition space chronicles the months and days before and after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  Freedom Plaza, a new outdoor promenade, connects the expanded museum complex with the revitalized South Main business district and provides a community park for reflection and contemplation.

Additional Information

LOCATION:  Memphis, Tennessee

CLIENT:   Lorraine Civil Rights Museum Foundation

SIZE:  15,000 sq. ft.

LRK SERVICES:  architecture, interior design, environmental graphic design; in association with Self Tucker Architects, Inc., architect of record, and Ralph Appelbaum & Associates, museum planners and designers

AWARDS:

Building Design & Construction 20th Annual Reconstruction & Renovation Awards

  • Merit Award Institutional Category

National Commercial Builders Council Awards of Excellence

  • Project of the Year Division III, Institutional Category

AIA Tennessee

  • Award of Excellence

AIA Gulf States Region

  • Merit Award

AIA Memphis

  • Award of Excellence

Memphis Heritage and Memphis Landmarks Commission Preservation Awards

  • Landmark Award

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