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Louisiana State Museum Sports Hall of Fame, Natchitoches, United States

Monday 02 Jul 2012

A sporting gesture

Courtesy Trahan Architects 
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Trahan Architects designs new museum for sports in Natchitoches 

The new Louisiana State Museum and Sports Hall of Fame in Natchitoches, Louisiana brings together two programs formerly housed, respectively, in trophy cases lining a university coliseum concourse and on the ground floor of a nineteenth century courthouse. The design of the new venue, tailored to exhibition requirements and filled with state-of-the-art display, elevates both programs to the highest standards of visitor experience and diversifies a vibrant community of cultural assets in and around Natchitoches.

The Louisiana State Museum and Sports Hall of Fame generates a new centre of activity at the northernmost point of Natchitoches’ central tourist walking path, anchored by Fort St. Jean Baptiste to the south. The introduction of fresh programming content creates greater variety in attractions appealing to a wider market and giving visitors a reason to stay longer in Natchitoches.

Not only will visitors discover a stunning contemporary venue alongside reflections of Louisiana’s past, Natchitoches will gain a progressive space for community gatherings and events. As a firm, Trahan Architects believe that each situation allows a unique and unexpected architectural solution. Drawing upon the richness of physical and cultural milieu represented by the context and program, a museum is envisioned that is both sensitive to Natchitoches’ National Historic Landmark District status and strives to make a connection to place. Historical pastiche of architectural style imported to Natchitoches is set aside in favor of a design tableau responding to specific circumstances of the site and its broader surroundings.

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