Stop 16 (Germaine Marvel Building)

Germaine Marvel Building, ca. 2000

The building standing on this location has been greatly altered through the years.  It is one of only three buildings Smith did not design. He purchased the structure in 1941 and it was used as additional storage and studio space. The structure was expanded in 1989 and transformed into a multi-purpose space that once served as a senior center with an adjoining shuffleboard court. The sculptural reliefs around the North entrance and the historic chimneys are the last remaining original details.

A&H Museums - Maitland expanded the building in 2014 and built the adjacent Rotary Plaza with support from Orange County Department of Arts and Cultural Affairs, The Morgan Group, the Rotary Art Festival, and Jefferson and June Flowers. Be sure to walk around this building to enjoy all of the contemporary sculptures and don’t miss the opportunity to spend some time under the beautiful live oak that anchors this garden space.

Thank you for joining us on a tour of A&H’s Maitland Art Center. This National Historic Landmark is so much more than series of structures. Historically, it is a testament to one man’s singular vision and one woman’s dedicated philanthropy. It was a refuge where some of America’s most important modern artists came to develop their signature styles. Today, the vision of André Smith and Mary Curtis Bok lives on with professional artist studios on campus, artist residencies, galleries, studio art instruction, and unique participatory events bringing together both the visual and performing arts.

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Germaine Marvel Building
Germaine Marvel Building after addition, 2015