In an effort to expand the Museum's public facilities to include a Visitor's Welcome Center, Lecture Hall and Exhibit Space, an Educational Center is being planned. 

The Friends of Rock Hall have raised $290,000 towards this important project through a combination of fundraising events, membership donations, and pledges. But we need your help to complete the project!  All donations are welcome.  Let’s Get It Built!

Your support of $100, $250, $500, $1,000 or any amount will make a difference. 

In 2012, the Board of Directors of the Friends of Rock Hall voted to construct a Visitor's Welcome Center on the Rock Hall landmark property in Lawrence, New York.  With a recommendation from The Society for the Preservation of Long Island Antiquities (SPLIA), a historic building designer John Collins was selected.  Through a generous grant from the Gerry Charitable Trust, the planning and design for construction was completed.  The Friends of Rock Hall are committed to address the critical impact of long term access, preservation and interpretation of this landmark site:

  • Development of an orientation area.
  • Creation of space for exhibits, lectures, meetings and public events.
  • Installation of handicap accessible restroom facilities for visitors.
  • Relocation of events for large programs.

Design scheme

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The architect, Peter Albinski, utilized an existing garage structure erected in circa 1990.  The design calls for remodeling the existing structure, both exterior and interior, the creation of a hyphen or connector building to house multiple restrooms including one handicap accessible restroom.  The visitor center will replicate an 18th century English barn.  The barn features include an audience style main gallery, kitchen facilities, and an office in a loft area.  Efforts will be made to create a building in the image of a prior outbuilding on the property, complimentary to Rock Hall.    

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