The Bell Museum in Saint Paul. Making downtown a great destination

by Christopher Colantti | Feb 22, 2013
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Instead of store displays what if pedestrians had a view into an eagle's nest, or a bobcat hunting in the snow?

The Bell's dioramas could be part of the Saint Paul streetscape!

I would like to use this prize to promote and advance development of the vacant Macy's building or site as the new home of the 'Bell Museum of Natural History'.

The first expenditure will be focused on a feasibility study of the existing building and site.

Second, money would be allocated for planning, programming and design.

The remainder of the prize would go toward construction for the new museum.

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Christopher

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Colantti

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Saint Paul

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The Bell Museum in Saint Paul. Making downtown a great destination

Give us the highlights of your idea for making Saint Paul great (2,000 characters maximum or approx. 250 words)

Instead of store displays what if pedestrians had a view into an eagle's nest, or a bobcat hunting in the snow?
The Bell's dioramas could be part of the Saint Paul streetscape!
I would like to use this prize to promote and advance development of the vacant Macy's building or site as the new home of the 'Bell Museum of Natural History'.
The first expenditure will be focused on a feasibility study of the existing building and site.
Second, money would be allocated for planning, programming and design.
The remainder of the prize would go toward construction for the new museum.

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What makes your idea different or unexpected? (4000 characters maximum or approx. 500 words)

Saint Paul must create a new model for downtown, that includes residents, business, government, and institutions. Much of this is already present.

The Bell Museum has been interested in expanding at a new location and downtown Saint Paul provides the best location for the museum.

With the light rail running between Saint Paul and the U of M, access by students faculty and staff is easy convenient and sustainable.

Downtown Saint Paul provides visitors and school groups with easy access to mass transit, highways as well as many services and amenities. It is centrally located in the metro.

The existing Macy's building has large open bays with high floor to floor heights making renovation for the museum more feasible.

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How will your idea make a difference in Saint Paul? (4000 characters maximum or approx. 500 words)

With the Science Museum, Children's Museum and History Museum close by, locating the Bell Museum downtown makes Saint Paul a destination for families for tourist and visitors across the region.

Providing a new home for the Bell Museum will benefit the museum by increasing its visibility in the community and providing an up to date facility.

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Why do you think people will recognize or remember your idea after it comes to life? How might it inspire others to do something similar in their community? (4000 characters maximum or approx. 500 words)

As Saint Paul creates a hub of sports venues and cultural institutions, these organizations become the base for future economic development that will enhance the livability of the city and provide entertainment and educational resources for future generations.

The fate of the existing Macy's building may already be determined by the time this proposal is evaluated but locating the Bell Museum downtown in proximity to the light rail would remain a viable and desirable option.

Angelique Cartinsen said: As long as we will be discussing a lot of interesting topics that will tickle my imagination I'll go for it. - Lindsay Rosenwald about this Competition Entry. - 2648 days ago read more >

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