Designated a National Historic Landmark in 1986, the Intrepid was a mass-produced city at sea, one of 24 Essex-class aircraft carriers built during and just after World War II. During the early years of the Cold War, the Navy began modernizing its Essex-class carriers for the jet age. Frequent overhauls and refittings extended the Intrepid’s service through the Cold War, the space race, and the Vietnam War. In 1974, the Intrepid was decommissioned and shortly thereafter, New York City developer and philanthropist Zachary Fisher spearheaded a campaign to save the ship and open it as a museum at Manhattan’s Pier 86. This tour will examine the Intrepid’s long career in the Navy, highlighting key design features of the historic aircraft carrier.
Starting in October 2006, the Intrepid Museum embarked upon an unprecedented two-year restoration and renovation project. The Intrepid went into dry-dock, where her hull was repaired and painted. Perkins & Will/Eva Maddox Branded Environments worked with the museum’s exhibits department to create a world-class museum environment within the ship’s hangar deck. Among the goals of the redesign was the creation a contemporary-looking insertion that would complement both the contemporary and historic features of the hangar deck. Another objective was to develop a style guide so that future exhibits would have the look and feel of the hangar installation, creating a cohesive appearance that is unique to the Intrepid Museum yet akin to other major museums in New York and around the world. The Study Day will explore the ways in which Intrepid Museum’s redesign addresses these goals.
Why participate in an SAH study-day? It’s simple. These study-days offer:
· Special access—SAH tours get to go behind-the-scenes, experiencing places and seeing things not available to the general public;
· Exceptional scholarly expertise—SAH tours are led by experts in the field, scholars well-versed in the topic who typically share insights that have not yet been published; and
· Unparalleled networking opportunities—SAH tours offer participants the chance to interact with other scholars in a venue that is informal, interactive, and intellectually engaging.
For more information, please follow this link: A Landmark at Sea: The Architecture and Design of the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, or register now at: https://asoft130.securesites.net/secure/sah/index.php?src=forms&ref=SAH+Study+Day+-+Intrepid&id=SAH+Study+Day+-+Intrepid.