Tuesday, March 3, 2015

State of the art

"We are incredibly honored to be recognized by these world-renowned organizations for our efforts to bring history to life through the new visitor center at Monmouth Battlefield State Park," Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin said.

"The visitor center uniquely fuses modern architecture with fascinating historical exhibits and a panoramic view of the battlefield to tell the story of one of the largest and most important battles of the American Revolution," Martin said.

The state-of-the-art visitor center, dedicated June 13, 2013, on the eve of the 235th anniversary of the battle, was designed by Princeton- based ikon.5 architects, which conceived it as a modern-day version of a primitive hut.

"The visitor center is a light-filled transparent pavilion at the top of Combs Hill that focuses attention on the most enduring artifact of the battle: the majestic landscape of the battlefield," said ikon.5 principal Joseph Tattoni.

"A floor-to-ceiling glass wall enhances the visitor experience by allowing unencumbered integration with the surrounding landscape," Tattoni said.

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