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MUSEUM OF WOMEN: LEADERSHIP CENTER
Wood Massing Model, 14” x 16” x 19”
Image, Wood Massing Model, 6.75 x 15”
Wood Ground Floor Model, 25” x 20” x 8”
On loan from Smith-Miller + Hawkinson
These models show the proposed Museum of Women: The Leadership Center, which would have occupied the site immediately north of The Skyscraper Museum where the school PS 276 now stands.
Museum of Women project info, 2002. Courtesy Smith-Miller + Hawkinson.
In 1998, Governor George Pataki established a commission to explore establishing an institution that would that would honor the contributions of women to American history and nurture new female leaders. By 2000, a both a program for a museum and the Battery Park City site were in place, and an architectural competition had produced five finalists. The commission was awarded to the firm Smith-Miller + Hawkinson. Their 9-story building included galleries and auditoriums for workshops and conferences, as well as a cafe and rooftop garden.
Fundraising for the museum was slow, however, and after 2007, when Governor Pataki left office, the site remained one of the last undeveloped lots in Battery Park City. Plans for the future school began, and the museum board and effort disbanded.