Buckeye Valley Museum

A few months ago, Serbin Studio was approached by the Buckeye Valley Historical Society with an architectural challenge.  A conceptual design for the exterior of the existing ‘Buckeye Valley Museum’ so that the architecture reflects their mission, ‘To bring a better understanding and appreciation of the history and cultural significance of Buckeye Valley’.

Presentation Board Click on it for larger image

Presentation Board
Click on it for larger image

Conceptual Design of Buckeye Valley Museum

Conceptual Design of Buckeye Valley Museum

The building today lightly reflects back to the historic architecture of Buckeye Valley and through time has blended into the historic fabric in a way that the building is not apparent to the average visitor in Buckeye.

Original Museum renovation to look like Kell store

Original Museum renovation to look like Kell store

Current museum.  Beige is not the new black

Current museum 2014 . Beige is not the new black.  Consult a color specialist when you paint your building.  Did I mention Lara Serbin is a color expert.

Buckeye has a long history dating back to 1885.  Prior to the mid 1970’s, the main highway from Phoenix to California passed through downtown Buckeye.  But just as we have seen in the ‘CARS‘ movie, the highway system was created and now by-passes historic downtown.

If you want to get a good glimpse of the history of Buckeye, two books written by Verlyne Meck capture Buckeye through images and words.  “Buckeye, then and now” & “Buckeye (AZ) images of America”.

Since being part of a 3rd generation Arizona family and member of the Buckeye Main Street Coalition, I had a good strong foundation for understanding the Museum’s architectural significance.  However with every project, further research exposed us to hidden treasures that are only talked about amongst Buckeye residents.

Some inspirations were:

Kell Store

Kell Store built in 1890’s

Hillbilly Hilton.  If you get a chance, take a tour of this snapshot in time

Hillbilly Hilton. If you get a chance, take a tour of this snapshot in time

Our intent was to minimally alter the interior exhibits and through the use of architectural features, contextual materials and textures enhance the exterior of the building so it clearly indicates what it is, ‘Buckeye Valley Museum’.  We created a sense of arrival and a clear pathway into Buckeye’s history.  The exterior is now a snapshot of the history and hidden gems within.

Presentation Board

Presentation Board

The museum had a re-opening on September 27, 2014 and is open Friday’s and Saturday’s from 11 am – 4 pm.  The interior renovation is complete.  The museum is now on a fund raising campaign to raise money and materials to complete the exterior facade upgrades.  For further information, contact the Buckeye Valley Museum at 602-230-1299.

Office Design – Sliding or swinging doors

Swinging vs. sliding doors, what is your option?

The Perfect Customer Lounge

What are the key ingredients to a good customer lounge? Taking a break from the daily grind is important.  Getting up from your chair, your cubicle or just out of your working environment and relaxing your eyes on a different environment other than the screen 1...

Tenant Improvements

You are either looking or just leased a space or own an existing building and have a few changes you want to make.  The first step is to hire a design professional who can make your project successful.  Whether it’s relocating a few interior walls, a complete...


“A small effort made towards completion of a much larger task” What about Bob? (1991) Comedy staring Bill Murray.  (Movie Clip) Dave Ramsey’s – “Baby steps into financial freedom”.  I need some of this. UrbanDictionary.com  ...

Parking spaces. How many do I need?

Are you planning on a new building or a tenant improvement.  Wondering how many parking spaces do I need?   Whether it is for a small office, retail, mercantile, restaurant or something even larger, like a large sport complex?   Number of...

Touchless Technology in Architecture

Touchless Technology for Architecture has been around for many years. We have seen this technology show up in door hardware & bathroom fixtures. All this technology can change the way architecture is designed. In designing the built environment, Architects need to...

Open Stair Treads

When is an open stair tread allowed?

Steel Art Downtown Buckeye

Anthony Miglio and Jonathan Celaya The steel public art work of desert flora and fauna has been underway for 2 years. It is exciting to see thick steel turned into recognizable barrel cactus, prickly pear, saguaro and ocotillo. In a short while you will be crossing...

Conference Room Interior Design

Conference Room Interior Design If conference room walls could talk.  Designed to hold confidential conversation behind closed doors, these spaces must be adequately sized, comfortable and designed to allow people to connect.  Flexibility is key in a facility where a...

Small commercial space, is one bathroom enough?

Are you planning on a tenant improvement and looking at leasing an existing space?   Whether it is for a small office, retail, mercantile or restaurant in a small commercial space, is one bathroom enough? In a large building, may not big a big concern, as the...

Minimum Size of a Bathroom

What is the Minimum size of a Bathroom?  Does you current room meet ADA and building codes requirements?  Are you building a new Bathroom and unsure of the correct size?  Clearance and maneuverability is the driving factor to the size of a Bathroom.  In a large...

Do I need a Drinking Fountain?

Do I need a drinking fountain?  As an Architect, I interact with clients, engineers and contractors who have acquired bits of information about Building Codes.  Sometimes, those bits are misconceptions and regurgitated information.  The building codes can be...