GRAND ISLAND, STUHR MUSEUM – The biggest capital project since Stuhr Museum opened has yielded a special result as the Stuhr Building has been named to the National Register of Historic Places. This honor comes to the Stuhr Building two years before it turns 50, the usual time for consideration. The National Register is the official Federal list of sites and buildings significant in American history, architecture, archeology, engineering, and culture. National Register properties have significance to the history of their community, state, or the nation and are chosen by the National Parks Service.
As a result of this listing, the Stuhr Building is now recognized as a significant architectural structure by the National Parks Service and will receive opportunities and protections afforded to such locations. The process of applying for this honor started several years ago when Stuhr leadership were planning for the eventual $7 million capital campaign for the renovation of the Stuhr Building which was dedicated on July 19th. BVH Architects out of Lincoln, who were in charge of the rehabilitation, spearheaded the effort along with representatives from the Nebraska State Historic Preservation Office and Stuhr Museum.
The Stuhr Building was chosen for the register, in part, because of its architectural significance. The building was designed by renowned architect Edward Durell Stone, whose work includes the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington DC, among others.
“We are extremely proud to be on the National Register of Historic Places,” Joe Black, Stuhr Museum’s Executive Director, said. “When we began planning the renovation of the Stuhr Building, this was clearly a goal, but to receive this honor two years early speaks to the significance of the building’s architecture and the quality job we did in our preservation and renovation.”
For more information, contact Stuhr Museum at (308) 385-5316.