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Appleton Museum of Art
Arthur Appleton Family
Rowe Holmes Barnett Architects
1984 AIA Florida Unbuilt Design Award
1987 AIA Florida Design Award
1988 AIA Tampa Bay Design Award
In the fall of 1983, the city of Ocala, Florida was recipient of a major gift from Arthur I. Appleton for the expressed purpose of erecting a museum to house the extensive Appleton collection of cultural antiquities. It was Mr. Appleton’s dream that this museum, when completed, would emulate the world famous J. Paul Getty Museum in Southern California, albeit on a somewhat more modest scale but nonetheless with the same richness of materials and recall of traditional building forms.
Situated on the crown of a gently rolling hill, the building is approached via a narrow motorway carved out of a thickly wooded pine and oak forest. The 220 foot long reflecting pool at the fore-court of the main building is yet another response to Mr. Appleton’s vision.
In addition to the 25,000 square feet of gallery space, the Museum contains a 75-seat food service facility and a 230-seat lecture hall.