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The Witte Museum

Location

San Antonio, TX

Size

25,000 SF

Design Architect

Lake|Flato

San Antonio’s Witte Museum is one of the most varied and challenging renovation/addition projects we have undertaken. Dedicated to natural history, science and South Texas heritage, the beloved Witte was built in 1927 and had been expanded in more than a dozen phases over the decades. Some vintage drawings from various construction phases were available, but we investigated many of the existing structural systems to confirm conditions, solve mysteries and uncover surprises.

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To open up a large central diorama area and create one unified space across expansion joints, several columns were removed at the nexus of three buildings. A stunning saw tooth central circulation spine now houses dinosaur skeletons in a mix of steel, concrete, wood and masonry structural elements. Wall graphics, custom sculptures and dioramas, and numerous scenic elements, all meet in the renovated 25,000 sq. ft. exhibit galleries.

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