American Swedish Institute Breaks Ground on Nelson Cultural Center Addition and

American Swedish Institute Breaks Ground on Nelson Cultural Center Addition and Renovation

06.01.11

Construction has begun on the American Swedish Institute's campus expansion and renovation, designed by HGA Architects and Engineers (HGA). Accommodating ASI's growing programs and audiences, the project includes renovation of the historic 1908 Turnblad Mansion's lower level and construction of the 34,000-square-foot Nelson Cultural Center addition in Minneapolis.

"The addition and renovation will create something very special for us that will carefully complement the architectural landmark status of the Turnblad Mansion," said Bruce Karstadt, President/CEO of the American Swedish Institute. "This addition will bring us into the 21st century with a sensitive expansion that enables us to serve a widening circle of visitors and members with additional programming, improved collections stewardship, and enhanced visitor experience."

The Nelson Cultural Center includes a glass-enclosed lobby, art gallery, crafts workshop, event room, conference room, museum shop, café, collection storage, two commercial kitchens (for café and event room), and offices for partner organizations. The Turnblad Mansion's lower-level renovation includes a community hall with kitchen, two classrooms, accessible research and resource center, and improved visitor circulation.