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Butler Institute of American Art bridging gap between museum, education center Walking on Air

Published: Wed, December 12, 2012 @ 12:04 a.m.


Ironworkers Local 207 members John Gallagher of Youngstown, left, and Tim Evans of Boardman, working for Diamond Steel of Boardman, assemble a new walkway between the Butler Institute of American Art and Butler North. The bridge will be a walkway gallery and will display the museum’s historic glass-bell collection.

By Robert K. Yosay



Diamond Steel of Boardman and Iron- Workers Local 207 readied the walkway between the Butler Institute of American Art and Butler North on Monday, as the structure was off-loaded from a truck.

Working at the site are ironworkers John Gallagher of Youngstown and Tim Evans of Boardman.

The structure should be lifted into place late this week or early next week.

The Butler will be connected to its nearby education center by a glass-enclosed bridge walkway.

The education center, the former First Christian Church purchased in 2005 by the museum and named Butler North, will house an extensive Americana collection on its second floor as part of the $1.5 million project, said Louis Zona, the Butler’s director.

“This project, once completed, will become another wonderful venue for our community,” he said.

“Not only will the Butler be known for its world-class painting collection but will also be recognized for its breathtaking collection of Americana spanning three centuries.”

The bridge will be a walkway gallery, and will display the museum’s historic glass-bell collection, Zona said.

The project also includes a glass-enclosed elevator at Butler North.

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