Heckscher Museum renovation planned

August 15, 2018 by  

Huntington’s Heckscher Museum of Art will celebrate its 100th birthday in 2020, and the city is planning to refurbish the building for the occasion.

The Huntington Town Board recently gave Heckscher Museum, Inc., the facility’s fundraising arm, permission to raise money to have the building’s facade restored in an appropriate manner, in time for the centennial. The board’s approval means the museum can apply for grants from various agencies, including those operated by New York State.

The museum is on both the National Register of Historic Places, and the New York State Register of Historic Places. It was built of French limestone in the Renaissance Revival architectural style. In 1917, Anna and August Heckscher created the trust that bears their name, and donated the land that became Heckscher Park. They also said they intended to create a museum to benefit everyone in the town.

Heckscher Park was indeed created; it comprises 18.5 acres, and is where the museum is located. In 1954, the Heckscher Trust conveyed the park and museum to Huntington, in exchange for the town operating and maintaining the park, along with the museum, in perpetuity. In 1957, a nonprofit corporation, Heckcher Museum Inc., was formed to help the community manage the museum. Since 1964, this body has been given the formal responsibility of running the museum.

Officials involved in efforts like this can use poster printing to share the finished project.