The third time’s a charm for architect Robert A. M. Stern, whose firm was tapped this month to design Philadelphia’s Museum of the American Revolution. Stern was selected twice before to design the museum but both projects were cancelled when the National Park Service could not reach an agreement with the Center on a site. Now, in what amounts to a land swap, the Center will give the Park Service a 78-acre site across from Valley Forge in exchange for a site next to historic Independence Hall to build the museum.
“At last, the long-cherished dream of very many – a fixed place to celebrate and interpret the American Revolution – will be realized on a terrific site a stone’s throw from Independence Hall,” said Robert A.M. Stern. “Our intention is to portray the institution we are asked to serve, to find an architectural expression that will foster and facilitate an important conversation across time, mirroring the ideals of the Revolution that have inspired us for more than two centuries.” The $150 million project is slated to open in 2015. MFM Design will be responsible for the exhibits.