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The History Museum of Western Virginia is moving back to Center in the Square.
KYLE GREEN | The Roanoke Times
Folios containing historical maps and large photos owned by the History Museum of Western Virginia wait to be moved from their current location.
[KYLE GREEN | The Roanoke Times
1/14/2013 Movers from Virginia Varsity Transfer transport boxes from the History Museum of Western Virginia's current location on Campbell Avenue to the Center in the Square. The History Museum of Western Virginia is the first museum to actually move back into the Center's building, which has been closed for renovations.] Movers from Virginia Varsity Transfer move boxes from the History Museum of Western Virginia's current location on Campbell Avenue.
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Although there’s still plenty of construction left to do in Center in the Square’s Campbell Avenue building, the museum is moving back in.
The History Museum of Western Virginia started moving its offices, gift shop merchandise and archives back into Center’s newly renovated building on Campbell Avenue on Monday, the first of three museums to do so.
The museum has resided for the past year and a half in a temporary location a block down the road at the old Shenandoah Hotel building, also owned by Center.
The History Museum had originally planned the move for the end of January, but the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra, which will be moving into the Shenandoah Hotel in March, needs to start renovations there of its own.
“We are doing this move back with pretty much a week’s notice,” said History Museum Manager Kim Clymer.
Three Virginia Varsity Transfer vans were parked outside the former hotel Monday, with movers carting out about 400 boxes that were packed last week over four days.
The museum expected to have its stuff back in its third-floor space in Center by the end of the day. Today, the offices of the Historical Society of Western Virginia, which operates the history museum and the O. Winston Link Museum, will move into the first-floor space in Center in the Square’s Church Avenue building that had been home to Arts Council of the Blue Ridge, which dissolved in December .
RSO Executive Director Beth Pline said the symphony takes possession of the Shenandoah Hotel today and will soon start making about $95,000 in improvements to add additional offices. RSO offices are currently at Jefferson Center.
To ease the earlier-than-expected transition, Center is assisting the Historical Society with moving expenses. The city of Roanoke granted Center a certificate of occupancy on Dec. 28.
Center in the Square’s grand opening is now scheduled for May 18. The history museum, which will remain closed until then, expects to have a new permanent exhibition ready for the opening.
The history museum will hold a second opening June 8 for the first show in its upgraded rotating exhibition space, “American Turning Point,” a traveling Civil War exhibit curated by the Virginia Historical Society, Clymer said.
The history museum has already moved most of its huge collection of artifacts into storage in Center’s Church Avenue building.
Expenses incurred with taking over the arts council offices, and with the addition of a second-floor space for showcasing the museum’s special collections, have raised the history museum’s fundraising goals from $1.5 million to $1.7 million, said History Society Development Director Sy Hughes.
The museum has raised about $1.1 million, and is also looking for ways to cut costs without reducing the quality of its new exhibitions, Hughes said.
With construction work continuing inside Center, history museum employees will need to wear hard hats to get to their offices.
Jim Sears, Center’s president and general manager, said the work that remains in the $27 million renovation is largely cosmetic. About half of the terrazzo flooring has been installed, and glass still needs to be mounted in the facade beneath the atrium skylight. The rooftop space still needs to have decking put in place.
“It’s looking better every day. Basically what we have to do now is sweep and clean,” Sears said.
Mill Mountain Theatre, the Harrison Museum of African American Culture and the Science Museum of Western Virginia are the other Campbell Avenue building tenants.
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