“Through artful combination of glass, materiality, lighting, and homage to its industrial legacy, the Davidson-Gerson Modern Glass Gallery is as much a part of the glassworks on display as the collection housed within at Greenfield Village.”

R.J. Weick 
Great Lakes By Design

 
Greenfield Village at The Henry Ford Museum is a familiar destination for any Michigander. Celebrating over 300 years of American History, Greenfield Village spans 80-acres. Buildings and other structures have been relocated from all over the country to this unique outdoor museum in Dearborn, Michigan.  
 
Quinn Evans Architects (QEA) collaborated with a team comprised of James Carpenter Design, Illuminart, Beckett & Raeder Inc., and O’Neal Construction to transform an 1800’s machine shop on the Greenfield Village campus into an award-winning gallery of glass.  
 
Staff at Greenfield Village are often dressed in character, representing the period of the building they work in. To seamlessly move about the enormous campus employees utilize bicycles as the preferred method of transportation.  
 
QEA’s work on the Davidson-Gerson Modern Glass Gallery created a bridge between modern design and a historic building as well as acting as an extension of the live glassblowing building directly across from it.  

“Now you come out of the Hot Shop where they have the glassblowing exhibit and see the sculptural glass vestibule as a draw and focal point,” [Ann Dilcher, AIA, LEED AP, principal at QEA] said. “I think it is also very important as an introduction to what is in the building, which is not just historic glass, but also current art glass. So the building tells that story is glass in the United States from very early pressed glass to what is happening today.”

R.J. Weick 
Great Lakes By Design

The vestibule and the modern glass on display inside are just some of the modern elements added to the structure. To read the full story of the Davidson-Gerson Modern Glass Gallery, take a look at Volume 2 Issue 1 of Great Lakes By Design.