Mercer Museum and Library
Additions and Alterations
This museum was designed by Henry Mercer, founder of the nearby Moravian Tile Works, to house his extensive collection of American craftsmen tools and artifacts, pioneering the use of poured-in-place concrete technology in this country. D+JA's addition addressed the building's existing flow and orientation problems and made its collection more accessible to the public by reorganizing visitor circulation, adding elevators, and providing a new entrance, orientation, and library spaces. By utilizing the same materials and small batch concrete pour methods as the original building, these new additions and alterations express a shared, handcrafted, organic quality.