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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.

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