The Maridon Museum was founded by Mrs. Mary Phillips in honor of her husband Don. The building is the museum’s first permanent home. The collection of Asian art consists primarily of jade, ivory and porcelain. The artworks date from pre-history to the present day, offering a unique perspective on the breadth of a personal collection and the development of Asian art and culture.
Architectural critic Patricia Lowry has described the museum as “a gleaming little gem of a museum, a gift to the street, its city, and its region.”
The design concept is based on the three materials in the museum’s collection (jade, ivory, and porcelain). Three major walls (glass, metal stone) have been developed to correspond to the three parts of the collection.
The museum occupies an urban site in a developing cultural district. Originally two buildings occupied the site: a Victorian wood frame house was restored and a former automobile showroom was gutted; the expanded shell of the dealership forms the basis for the galleries while the house contains administrative spaces. Between and around these structures, new buildings create a single integrated museum environment that includes a glazed atrium and two-story education wing.
primary photography by Michael Moran