Grand Canyon River Heritage Museum
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Grand Canyon River Heritage Museum

November 21, 2014
Based on the Grand Canyon Village Interpretive Center master plan completed by Pfau Long in 2004, the River Heritage Museum specifically focuses on the feasibility for the adaptive re-use of the historic Fred Harvey Laundry Building for use as a watercraft museum.  The museum will house, display, and interpret the Park’s collection of historic watercraft and the surrounding history of boating on the Colorado River through the Park, from John Wesley Powell’s pioneering 1869 expedition to explore the uncharted waters, to the modern commercial and private rafting that have made river running hugely popular with visitors.

Targeted for LEED Gold certification, the proposed addition increases the building footprint from 5,553 gsf to 10,821 gsf, allowing for ample accommodation of the actual historic boats and accompanying interpretive exhibits.  The overall space program includes an orientation gallery, museum store, boat gallery/interpretative exhibit space, 50-seat theater, museum office, and outdoor patio/activity space. Pfau Long’s full feasibility study can be viewed at:

Location / year

Grand Canyon, AZ / 2010

Project Type

Historic Structure Museums

Project Scope

Historical Renovations
LEED & Green Building
Renovation or Expansion

Square Footage

10,821 GSF

Sustainable / LEED

Registered/Designed for LEED

Principals in Charge

Peter Pfau, FAIA, LEED AP


Peter Pfau, FAIA, LEED AP

Project Manager

Marcos Ancinas

Photographic Credits

Chris Grubbs

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