Daniel J. Keating Company teamed with Bittenbender Construction (exhibit installation) and McCrae Construction (electrical) to restore the Memorial Hall to its historic grandeur. The magnificent structure has been meticulously renovated and repurposed, now housing the renowned Please Touch Museum – the nation’s first museum for children under 7. With the improvements, the restored architectural gem is also a high-tech facility. Exterior granite repairs, plaster restoration, grounds excavation, and respectful insertions make the building accessible, sustainable, and high-tech.
The new museum offers 38,000 square feet of exhibits, a life-sized replica of the Statue of Liberty’s Arm and Torch, a newly restored 1924 Dentzel Carousel, on-site parking with stroller and handicapped ramps, and a casual restaurant adjacent to the majestic Great Hall. Once derelict, Memorial Hall now has a dynamic future bringing knowledge, fun and a world of excitement to young patrons.