Historic London Town Museum and Visitor Center

Edgewater, Maryland

Unique Adaptive Reuse Creates a New Museum, Visitor Center, and Archaeology Lab

This innovative project for the Anne Arundel County Department of Recreation and Parks transformed a decommissioned underground wastewater treatment plant into a multipurpose visitor center and archaeological learning center for Historic London Town, a village founded in 1683. The conversion of the plant limited land disturbance at the living history site, which offers several acres of woodland and gardens set along the South River. The property, which features the circa-1760 William Brown House, along with reconstructed structures of the colonial era, is a Site of Memory by the UNESCO Slave Route Project.

The 20,000-square-foot visitor center supports programs in history, archaeology, preservation, and horticulture, serving as the reception point for all visitors to the historic site. The building was designed to reflect the scale of the surrounding 18th-century fabric, with careful consideration given to the installation of the mechanical systems that would serve both laboratory and exhibit spaces. One of the former treatment plant’s concrete compartments was used to store 25,000 gallons of water, supplied from on-site wells, to support the fire protection system. The project also included a new greenhouse, requiring irrigation, lighting, power, plumbing, and HVAC systems.

Architect

Quinn Evans

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