Versatile Cabinets for a Changing Collection

The Frazier Museum is housed in a 100,000 square-foot former tobacco warehouse in Louisville, Kentucky, that was built in 1898. The building underwent extensive renovations to enable it to welcome visitors and store collections, but considerable architectural constraints still remain, particularly in the collections area in the basement.

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Large structural columns break up the collections area, and ductwork drops down from the low ceiling. Museum staff worked with the local Spacesaver consultant to design cabinets, art racks, and a high-density mobile system to optimize space throughout the collections area. The high-density mobile system lies within the area defined by the columns. Cabinets and shelving are mounted on mobile “carriages” and were designed to fit perfectly under protruding ductwork. One of the cabinets is also narrower than the others to allow it to fit in limited space.

Because the museum’s collections continue to grow and change, the project team selected Spacesaver Viking Preservation Cabinets 920 Series with reconfigurable interiors. The cabinets are currently fitted with drawers, but in the future they could be swapped out for hanging rods, trays, or other accessories.

The new collections equipment is a vast improvement over the cramped shelving that previously filled the space. Every object in the collection now has a home, and staff also have room to store supplies for shipping and housing objects right where they’re needed.

Best of all, the room provides future flexibility. With reconfigurable cabinets and room to add new cabinets and shelving as the collection grows, the museum will be able to pursue its mission for years to come.

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