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Would you like to see a cultural center, library, historical society, rental facility? What are your ideas?
cultural arts center
Submitted by City of Huntsville 2 years ago
What about an extension of the library? There is a similar classical building in historic Lexington, Ky that became a community literacy and learning center. Ours could offer reading and meeting rooms, computer literacy workshops, community readings, literary events, art exhibits. It could even house a small cafe and be a hub for digital literacy and learning in downtown Huntsville.
Showcase our tech. strength with computer-focused training and community use (for those without computers at home). Traditional libraries are underfunded and underused and a thing of the past. Let's show what we can do to get our community on-line.
This building would be perfect as a cultural center. even have portions available for rental. This is another that speaks so much of Huntsville history. Remember Cotton Row that was on the same block?
My idea is to convert it to a wedding center/museum/community meeting place. The site is close by to where many people take pictures of weddings at the park and downtown area. Plus across the street from the courthouse. It could be a one-stop wedding place with a photography, chapel, planners, and floral. Even have those "Drive through window weddings". When not in use for that the Huntsville Ghost Walk could use it for gathering place and showcase. There are also other vendors who could use the space like the horse/bicycle people that travel the square each night. I would love to be the person to organize this if it is a serious consideration. Weddings and tourism together in one spot.
I wanted to add that it would be great to also have a souvenir shop and history display area available for the public. The shop would include souvenirs from ALL our main attractions. That way if someone missed a place the proceeds can still go to that attraction. Displaying of pictures and artifacts to show off our history and as a way to promote our city would be great. The Wedding venue alone with renting to vendors associated with weddings should be enough to bring not only crowds but good income.
I would utilize it as museum space.
I think the building would be optimal for use as a public history museum. The various non-profit history museums (Early Works, the Huntsville Depot, Constitution Village, Burritt on the Mountain) are nice, but their admission is cost-prohibitive to many people, and none of them do a complete job of telling Huntsville's whole story. Nearby towns including Decatur, Guntersville, and Cullman do excellent jobs presenting the history of their towns in historic buildings with minimal admission. One possibility would be to incorporate the old bank building into the Early Works complex, but keep it admission free to see if that model increases visitation, relying on funding from alternate sources such as donations and grants.
I agree that Regions Bank would be perfect as a museum--I suggest a Modern Art Museum, something that does not conflict with the Huntsville Art Museum, and a museum that welcomes families and is not cost-prohibitive. Perhaps it could also include gallery space for local artists, something not available at the Huntsville Art Museum. I agree that we need a museum telling the Huntsville story, also let's not forget that we have nothing that tells Huntsville citizens of the lives of locaL African-Americans beginning with slavery and including the Civil Rights struggle. The bank would be wonderful for these museums, as well as a wedding venue as suggested above.
Aquarium - this was always on Huntsville's top list...then Chattanooga did it.
Submitted by Dustin Timbrook 2 years ago
Submitted by Arts Council 2 years ago
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