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National Civil Rights Museum Admin Building

Memphis, TN

When renovations to the National Civil Rights Museum’s exhibition space required their offices to be moved, an adjacent nondescript warehouse was selected and restored as the most suitable new location. The front façade, a massive solid masonry plane, alludes to the formidable barriers of the Civil Rights era, while a new entry, accented by a single point of light, symbolizes hope in a future of equality. Skylights allow daylight into the open office area, and glass fronts at private offices maintain a sense of spaciousness. Historic building materials thoughtfully blend with modern, while the color palette recalls the signage of the Lorraine Motel.


AIA Tennessee

  • Award of Merit

AIA Memphis

  • Award of Excellence

American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) – Tennessee Chapter

  • Merit Award/Commercial over 5,000 sq. ft.