The years-long campaign to launch a museum in Philadelphia honoring the soldiers of “America’s original ‘greatest generation’ ” reaches another milestone Tuesday.
Having secured a prime location two years ago at Third and Chestnut Streets in the city’s historic district, the museum planned by the American Revolution Center now has a dignified, red-brick design by renowned architect Robert A.M. Stern that should offer visitors an inviting setting both day and night, given its distinctive, lighted cupola.
Also significant, the $150 million project has secured another major funding source to build upon Gov. Corbett’s state pledge of $30 million, with the announcement of a $40 million challenge grant by ARC board Chairman H.F. “Gerry” Lenfest, who is an owner of The Inquirer’s parent company. The museum must match that gift with other donations.
ARC president and CEO Michael C. Quinn, recruited recently from the Montpelier Foundation, which operates President James Madison’s home in Virginia, says the plan is to open the museum in a little more than three years. Beyond raising funds, ARC officials now face the challenge of designing museum exhibits that will entice visitors to buy a ticket.