Completion of Chimney Rock Museum

Completion of Chimney Rock Museum

August 4, 2020

With the need for adequate accommodations to facilitate larger year-round tour groups and programs, Sinclair Hille was asked to provide conceptual plans, opinion of cost, and fundraising materials for History Nebraska. 

The approximately 1,300 square feet addition offers additional storage, provides staff and visitors a much needed storm shelter, and increases the general functionality of the facility, thereby serving to increase usage on an annual basis.

The design of the addition built off of the existing facility’s concept of not competing visually with the landmark to the west and to maintain a minimal ecological impact to the area. Massing kept the addition low and to the south, and employed roof lines that were reminiscent of the sandstone base of the rock itself. A new entry “link” was incorporated to address concerns with security, queuing, and general traffic flow, as well as providing a feasible tie-in to the existing building from a constructability stand-point. The main entry walk is realigned to the new link, and allows for additional parking closer to the building. A shaded outdoor classroom is an added exterior enhancement. Interior modifications to the gift shop, office space, and reception area were also included within the scope.