American Heritage Center

American Heritage Center and Art Museum

Conceived in 1986 and completed in 1993, the American Heritage Center by acclaimed architect Antoine Predock is a unique structure which pays tribute to its locale, Laramie, Wyoming. Predock describes it as a "mountain, detailed like an airplane wing and aerodynamically positioned with respect to Wyoming's omnipresent winds."

The detailing described by Predock is a reference to the Zahner technologies present in museum's rainscreen facade system, which utilizes some of the same processes used by those in the aerospace industry. The metal panels lay flat using a planar flatseam system, much the same way that the panels on an commercial aircraft are seamlessly stitched together.

Custom Preweathered Patina Surface

What differentiates this project from others in any other industry or by any other metal facade company in the world, is its dark patina on copper. The blackened copper patinas becomes darker as it ages, and does not easily scratch or rub off. Zahner developed this patina with the architect, coining "Dirty Penny" to describe the darkened weathered surface that was achieved.

Photo of the the American Heritage Center at Laramie, Wyoming

Night photograph of the the American Heritage Center at Laramie, Wyoming.
Photo © A. Zahner Co.

Photo of the patinated copper panels on the roof of the American Heritage Center at Laramie, WyomingPhoto of the Rotunda at American Heritage Center in Laramie, Wyoming

 

American Heritage Center in Laramie, Wyoming.
Photo © A. Zahner Co.

Installation of the American Heritage Center in Laramie, Wyoming

Installation of the American Heritage Center in Laramie, Wyoming.
Photo © A. Zahner Co.

Photo of the American Heritage Center in Laramie, Wyoming

American Heritage Center in Laramie, Wyoming.
Photo © A. Zahner Co.

Photo of the American Heritage Center in Laramie, Wyoming

American Heritage Center in Laramie, Wyoming.
Photo © A. Zahner Co.

Openings along the cone allow light in while breaking up the geometry of the curving shape.

The structure is one of several projects produced for Antoine Predock, including the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) in Tampa, Florida; The El Paso Federal Courthouse in Texas; The Tacoma Museum of Art in Eugene, Oregon; the Trinity River Audubon Center in Dallas, Texas.

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