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Museum of History & Industry
A Special Feature of DJC.COM
Jan. 7, 2013
Photo courtesy of LMN Architects

Making a new home for history on Lake Union
The historic structure looks mostly the same outside,
at least where visitors can see.
But changes are all around.

LMN Architects

Faced with a sloped floor, MOHAI crews rolled with it
The biggest challenge for the renovation was
how to make the building seem level to visitors.

Sellen Construction

A history museum that also shows our present and future
Four two-story towers in the atrium house
some of the museum's more than 2,000 artifacts.

Pacific Studio

MOHAI's unique exhibits deliver surprising facts in surprising ways
Touch-table interactives let groups
engage with history and ideas at the same time.

Weatherhead Experience Design Group

Photo courtesy of LMN Architects

Just the facts

Location: 860 Terry Ave. N., Seattle

Armory construction: 1941-1942

Total cost: $90 million

Construction/exhibit costs: $45 million

Size: 54,000 square feet

Opened: Dec. 29

Admission: $14 adults; $12 seniors, military and students;
free for children 14 and under; free first Thursdays

The team

Owner’s representative: Seneca Group

Architect: LMN Architects

General contractor: Sellen Construction

Exhibit consultants: Pacific Studio; Weatherhead Experience Design Group

Civil/structural engineer: Coughlin Porter Lundeen

Mechanical engineer: CDi Engineers

Electrical engineer: Sparling

Mechanical contractor: Auburn Mechanical

Electrical contractor: Nelson Electric

Photo courtesy of LMN Architects

What's inside

Faye G. Allen Grand Atrium:
Interactive exhibits and
ceiling-mounted artifacts; four towers hold smaller exhibits

Upper floors:
Chronological exhibits of regional history; temporary gallery of traveling exhibits; other galleries highlight maritime history, community history and culture

Community spaces:
Educational center, gathering spaces, Compass Cafe, outdoor terraces, community gallery

Special section team

Section editor: Jon Silver

Section design: Jeffrey Miller

Web design: Lisa Lannigan

Advertising: Matt Brown


MOHAI (www.mohai.org)