With the solicitation and prompt of the Genealogy Society of Southern Illinois we are designing a historical gallery to recover the memory of this outstanding place, The idea of this initiative is to give back a visiting interest to this valued town and give it another chance to be developed. With this Gallery, just in front of the Greek revival style Bank’s body and surrounded for fields that are seldom used for festivities, the intention is to start bringing back some other amenities and, therefore, tourism.
One important decision taken by the Foundation board is that due the historical purpose and the intention to make this a strong impact for the incoming visitors is that the building is made with high-tech principles (metal structure), contrasting ferociously with the image of an old town. This last with the double intention of standing out old objects exposed over a contrasting scenario, and also to spark off other attractions that could be built within the town. Therefore, the use of high technology and the risen several feet over land level could give a remarkable opportunity to develop such interesting proposals. As the building must be raised from the ground (at least 19 steps as well as the bank across the street) all the land could be used for outdoor purposes and you are encouraged to use even the building’s underneath for events and other visitors’ happenings. Since parking will not be allowed within the property all finishing materials on ground could be thought for “human” uses. It is imperative, however, to leave as much as possible of green area. Another suggestion is to make use of building’s roof top as view point and events’ terrace. Facilities for handicapped are a strong issue to observe in this project.
CONTEXT. When a cultural map is set up there are two lines where all events that have an impact on the development of a society intersect. These lines are history and geography, since everything happens somewhere and at any given time. In this project there is a strong intervention of the nation founding memory since we speak of times before 1776, and also a place which location, facing one of the most decisive rivers in the national history and border between two States, contains deep roots among its inhabitants. These factors make up a very defined and challenging cultural context.