New images of National Coast Guard Museum unveiled

A sign along the city’s waterfront marks the future home of the National Coast Guard Museum and now new images of what it is expected to look like are unveiled.

Because of limited space and technical constraints the latest renderings show it is built up and out to make the most of its location.

“The whole reason we want to build on the waterfront is to engage the waterfront so you need glass for that you’ve got to be able to look in and out,” says Charles Klee of Payette Architects.

The interactive museum will be right behind the city’s historic Union Station which brings in its own visitors to the city.

“They have an extra fifteen minutes or maybe a half hour they can go into the museum and see coast guard history come to life,” says Richard Grahn the President of the National Coast Guard Museum Association.

Folks at Two Wives Pizza already see lots of U.S. Coast Guard Academy cadets and their families so they welcome the added 200,000 people expected at the museum which would have free admission.

“Just the construction phase of it will be bringing a lot of people to the city,” says Amy Scarcia who owns the downtown restaurant along with Ed Demuzzio who served in the Coast Guard himself.

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