Construction will soon be underway on the Museum of the American Arts and Crafts Movement in St. Petersburg, Florida. Funded by pharmaceutical entrepreneur and collector Rudy Ciccarello and the Two Red Roses Foundation, the museum is expected to open in 2018. It will be the largest museum in the world solely dedicated to American Arts & Crafts.
Designed by Florida-based architect Alberto Alfonso, plans for the museum have expanded since the project was announced in 2014. The new, five-storey facility will encompass 137,000 square feet, with additional room for exhibitions, a 100-seat auditorium, and educational facilities. Plans also call for event spaces, a restaurant, and a café.
The centerpiece of the $70 million facility comprises the ever-growing collection of the Two Red Roses Foundation, largely assembled through the efforts of Ciccarello. Recent acquisitions include four pieces of superb English Arts & Crafts jewelry from the prolific husband-and-wife team of Arthur and Georgina Gaskin, and three rare examples of furniture from Pasadena’s Blacker house (1907–09). The Blacker House pieces include a Greene & Greene chiffonier and matching vanity that likely date to 1908, and a sofa for the living room made about 1913.
Ciccarello is actively seeking support for the museum from civic and corporate leaders, government entities, and private sources. The Foundation is already documenting many works in its collection through a series of high-end art books, which are for sale on its website. Two Red Roses Foundation, (727) 943-9900, tworedroses.com
TOP A recent rendering of the museum that’s expected to open next year. ABOVE Rudy Ciccarello (seated) and architect Alberto Alfonso go over plans for the forthcoming Museum of the American Arts and Crafts Movement. BELOW The new Museum’s library will be well suited to Arts & Crafts furnishings.