The Museum at Eldridge Street
The Museum at Eldridge Street opened on December 2, 2007. Roher/Sprague designed an exhibit that tells the story of the restoration of this landmark building.
The exhibition on the balcony level of the synagogue was designed to fit within this small and unique space. Cases were designed with graphics as well as artifacts, and the installation required no attachments or damage to the landmark interior.
Lower exhibit panels, do not obscure the restored stained glass windows.
A metallic powder-coated finish was used for the exhibit structures to echo and compliment the historical finishes.
In the visitors' lobby, the directories replicate the architectural outlines of the building. A brochure rack welcomes visitors with current program information.
The Tzedakah wall creates a connection for visitors between the concept of charity and support of the museum.
Yiddish signs from the old neighborhood and synagogue artifacts are interpreted in this small exhibition. Custom wood cases match the interactive tables in the foreground.
A weighted, free-standing, 3 sided pedestal locates the entrance to the museum within and informs pedestrians after hours. It conforms to New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission guidelines.
In order to help facilitate and organize the project we set up a Sharepoint collaboration site on our server where all parties involved had a secure log-in. We set up a sign list database that the client could edit for content, the designers could edit for dimensions, and the production company could access for fabrication estimates and planning. A shared documents area was available on the site where comps and proofs could be reviewed and approved. Photos of artifacts and the restoration were organized in editable online galleries, and a shared production schedule calendar was accessible to the entire team.
3D models of the building rooms and artifacts were created in order to help visualize the exhibit design before production.