Fenimore Art Museum
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The Fenimore Art Museum Greenroof; Photo Courtesy Barrett CompanyProject Name: Fenimore Art Museum
Year: 1994
Owner: Fenimore Art Museum
Location: Cooperstown, NY, USA
Building Type: Museum
Type: Intensive
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 38100 sq.ft.
Slope: 1%
Access: Accessible, Open to Public
Submitted by: Barrett Company

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:
Architect: Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer Associates
Consulting Architect: James R. Gainfort, AIA, Consulting Architects
General Contractor: Andrew R. Mancini Associates, Inc.
Waterproofing & Greenroof-Roofscapes? Supplier & Technical Consultant on Green Roof: Timothy M. Barrett, Barrett Company
Applicator: Charles T. Driscoll Masonry Restoration Company, Inc.
The Fenimore Art Museum; Photo Courtesy Fenimore Art Museum  Overlooking the lake; via tripadvisor.comClose up of one of the pavilions; Photo Courtesy Barrett Company
Named after James Fenimore Cooper, the Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown, New York, is also the Headquarters of the New York State Historical Association. The organization was founded in 1899 by New Yorkers who were initially interested in promoting greater knowledge of the early history of their state. The mission of the Fenimore Art Museum, ?Preserving, Engaging, Educating,? states that they are ?dedicated to welcoming and connecting people to our sacred cultural heritage through exhibition and programs that provoke, delight and inspire.?

Headquartered in an elegant 1930s neo-Georgian Mansion with beautiful flagstone terraces surrounding classical English gardens with white wooden gazebos, the property is nestled on the western shore of historic Otsego Lake, the same body of water that James Fenimore Cooper famously described as ?Glimmerglass Lake? in his eponymous book, Last of the Mohicans.

The Fenimore Art Museum addition, which features a green roof, was designed by the renowned architectural firm of Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer Associates, with the project architects Beth Loftus and Peter Ogman. The consulting architect was James R. Gainfort, AIA, Consulting Architects. The new 33,000 sf Museum addition to the Mansion was built on the back side of the Mansion, below grade on three sides and partially below grade on the lake-facing side. The addition included a below grade tunnel that connects with the Museum?s Research Library?s building.
The Fenimore Art Museum Greenroof; Photo Courtesy Barrett CompanyThe Fenimore Art Museum Greenroof; Photo Courtesy Barrett Company
The beauty of the Fenimore Art Museum?s setting is matched by the quality of the collections it houses, including some of the nation?s finest examples of American landscape, history and genre paintings, American folk art, photographs and American Indian art.

The waterproofing envelope, protection, drainage and filter fabric for the earth-sheltered Museum are all part of the Ram Tough rubberized asphalt waterproofing system furnished by Barrett Company and installed by Driscoll Masonry Company of Skaneateles Falls, NY.

The approx. 38,100 square foot intensive vegetated roof includes evergreen trees, shrubbery, grasses, deciduous trees, sedum and various annuals among the wooden gazebos and slate walkways. The vegetated roof and terrace offers a panoramic view of the lawn sweeping down to classic wooden boats traversing Otsego Lake and does indeed ?provoke, delight and inspire.?

Placing a greenroof over priceless art and artifacts took a leap of faith in the 1990s. The project has provided yet additional evidence of how properly designed and properly installed greenroofs can continually look great and remain watertight for the long-term.

Additional thumbnail photos:

The Fenimore Art Museum Greenroof; Photo Courtesy Barrett CompanyThe Fenimore Art Museum Greenroof; Photo Courtesy Barrett CompanyPhoto via The Inn at CooperstownJune 13, 2010 via history591eighteen.wordpress.com/The Fenimore Art Museum Greenroof; Photo Courtesy Barrett Company
The Fenimore Art Museum is located at 5798 New York 80, Cooperstown, NY 13326; 607.547.1420; visit their website. The Fenimore Art Museum is featured in the month of December in the 2013 Greenroofs & Walls of the World? Calendar.

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