Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art Expansion

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Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art

Indianapolis, IN

The mission of the Eiteljorg Museum is to inspire an appreciation and understanding of the art, history and cultures of the American West and the indigenous peoples of North America. The Southwestern United States influence the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art design with its ancient pueblo structures, deep canyons and broad mesas. Materials such as German russet brownstone and hand-cut Minnesota dolomite are prominent. The Eiteljorg Museum holds a contemporary Native American art collection ranked among the world’s best.

Wilhelm served as general contractor for the major expansion (as well as the original museum), adding 50 percent more gallery space, a circular sculpture court that accommodates 300 people for music and dance performances, a 90 seat cafe with a catering kitchen and three acres of gardens with a terrace leading to the Central Canal. The terrace is covered in sun shades providing an outdoor venue for summer concerts.


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