Baltimore’s National Great Blacks in Wax Museum gets design approval

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Baltimore's National Great Blacks in Wax Museum gets design approval
An artist's rendering of the new National Great Blacks in Wax Museum © Davis Brody Bond

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Baltimore's National Great Blacks in Wax Museum gets design approval
An artist’s rendering of the new National Great Blacks in Wax Museum
© Davis Brody Bond

The National Great Blacks in Wax Museum has received final approval for the design of its expanded facility on North Avenue.

With a few suggestions, Baltimore’s Urban Design and Architecture Review Panel on Thursday approved a design for the museum’s expansion of its location at 1601 E. North Ave. The $75 million project, designed by Washington, D.C., architecture firm Davis Brody Bond, will span the length of the block between Broadway and Bond Street, with a sprawling green space behind the museum.

The museum has been in business 32 years and attracts more than 150,000 visitors annually. With a lager presence in East Baltimore’s Oliver neighborhood, the organization’s leaders hope to grow its annual visitation to 500,000.

The new facility will include space for exhibits, a gift shop, genealogy center and theater.

Davis Brody Bond first presented the initial expansion plans to UDARP four years ago. The design presented Thursday includes a new entry point, transparent view into the museum and the preserved structure of the fire house where the museum is located. []

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