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Wright Brothers museum to undergo $5M renovation

Kitty Hawk, NC — The National Park Service, owner and operator of the Wright Brothers National Memorial park near Kitty Hawk, has picked Raleigh architecture firm HagarSmith Design to finish the designs of a $5.2 million renovation and rehabilitation of the park’s visitors center and museum building.

It will be the first major renovation since the 1980s of the historic structure that opened in 1959, an example of the Philadelphia School of Modernism design. It is designated an historic landmark and considered a prominent piece of the Mission 66 National Park Service initiative between 1956 and 1966 to build 100 new federally-supported visitor centers in a 10-year span.

The Wright Brothers National Memorial Visitor Center

The Wright Brothers National Memorial Visitor Center hosts about 500,000 visitors to the… more

According to HagarSmith, improvements will include removing the building’s heating and air conditioning bulkhead installed in the 1980s, a complete replacement of the existing mechanical, electrical and plumbing set up and exposing the original corrugated concrete ceiling in the Flight Room.

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