Background - New Museum & Cultural Centre Project

New Museum & Cultural Centre

Building Details

Main level features:

  • Entrance from Main Street courtyard
  • Two collection/exhibit display areas
  • Reception/Administration area
  • Meeting room
  • Multi-purpose event space with kitchenette
  • Oversized elevator for movement of collection
  • Shared workspace/Administration Offices

Lower Level:

  • Collection Storage (1,900 sq. ft.)
  • Staff working/processing area
  • Staff amenity area with kitchenette and storage
  • Mechanical and electrical rooms

Funding & Donor Recognition

  • Council Approved Town of Lincoln 2016 Capital Budget - $2,000,000
  • Grants:
    • Canada Culture Spaces Fund (2019) - $1,000,000
    • Niagara Waterfront Investment Program (2018) - $250,000
  • Private Donors:
    • Jordan Historical Museum of the Twenty Volunteer Association (2015) - $1,000,000
    • Bench Brewing Company (2018) - $100,000
    • Jerry Haines Farrell - $100,000
    • Vintage Hotels (2019) - $25,000
    • Len Pennachetti / Cave Springs Cellars (2019) - $25,000
    • Phelps Homes Group (2019) - $25,000

a list of logos for the museum donors

Related Reports & Presentations

April 3, 2019: Award of Contract to Construct the Town of Lincoln Museum & Cultural Centre  Report CS-07-19  

Sept. 5, 2018: Canada Cultural Spaces Fund Application Report CM 18-22  

Oct. 4, 2017: Museum and Cultural Centre (Jordan Historical Museum of the Twenty) Redevelopment Update CM 17-04 

April 19, 2017: Museum Redevelopment Project Information Update AD 17-06

Dec. 7, 2016: Jordan Historical Museum Gateway Project information update  

Feb. 3, 2016: Jordan Historical Museum Site Development Plan SRC 16-04

June 3, 2015: Museum Site Radar Scanning Project Briefing Note

Aug. 24, 2015: Request for Proposal – Jordan Historical Museum Site Master Plan Update CM 15-38

Oct. 7, 2015: Jordan Historical Museum Master Site Plan Update Progress Report CM 15-38

Oct. 7, 2015: Jordan Historical Museum Programs and Projects Update CM 15-41

Oct. 19, 2015: Jordan Historical Museum Master Site Plan Report CM 115-44

Nov. 18 2015: Jordan Museum Master Site Plan Public Information Meeting Report SRC 15-50 

Feb 5, 2014: Jordan Historical Museum Engineered Design Phase One Report CM 14-03

April 2, 2014: Jordan Historical Museum Engineered Design Phase One Report CM 14-12

Sept. 6, 2014: Jordan Museum Master Site Plan CM 14-28

Oct. 2, 2013: Jordan Historical Museum Improvements Report CM 13-37

July 23, 2012: Engineered Design Services for Jordan Historical Museum Artifact Storage Facility Report CM 12-16

March 4, 2009: Jordan Historical Museum Artifact Storage/Exhibit Facility Concept Design Plan CM 09-05

In the News

Project Background & Timeline 

  • 2017/2018

    In the spring of 2017, CRM Lab Archaeological Services undertook the Stage 3 & 4 archaeological assessments of the site.

    Fieldwork and initial report filing was completed in the fall of 2017 with subsequent filings in early 2018

    The Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport clearance letter was received in the spring and at the same time all construction documents were finalized and are ready to be issued for tender once sufficient funding commitments have been secured

  • 2016

    In February 2016 +VG Architects was awarded a comprehensive detailed design and engineering contract

  • 2015

    In July 2015, the Town issued RFP No. CM-15-01 for Professional Services to review and update previous Site Master Plans and +VG Architects (Ventin Group) was awarded the contract

    As part of this new scope of work and through extensive consultations with staff, community stakeholder groups, and the public at large, the consultant's 2015 updated plans included construction of a new museum facility to replace the existing administration building and small storage structure on the site, as well as incorporation of a new outdoor gathering space

  • 2014

    After municipal elections in 2014, the museum project was brought forward as a priority for the new Council

    It was deemed by Council that a new concept design, this time including the entire site rather than just building an addition/completing a renovation to the existing administrative facility, should be developed

  • 2013

    In 2013 the rezoning was finalized and for unknown reasons, Quartek Group Inc. was dismissed from the project

  • 2012

    In 2012 the Town awarded a contract to Quartek Group Inc. to provide consulting services for schematic design refinement and detailed development.

  • 2010

    In 2010, museum CRM Lab Archaeological Services was retained to complete Stages 1 and 2 Archaeological Assessments followed by phase one of the Stage 3 Archaeological Assessment the next year

    At the same time, an environmental assessment by AMEC Earth & Environmental Ltd. was started to initiate the process of re-zoning the site

  • 2008

    On September 22, 2008, the Jordan Historical Museum of the Twenty Volunteer Association committed its support for a new facility

    In early 2009, the Town awarded the design concept contract to Weatherston Architects

    Weatherston Architects delivered its concept design in an open public meeting however the Town elected to not proceed any further

  • 2000

    A Site Master Plan was undertaken by Lundholm Associate Architects

    This Site Master Plan focused on both the facility and site planning

    It included the determination of accommodation objectives and functional analysis of present buildings and the overall site

    It proposed many possible development options for a new museum, comparing each option to the stated accommodation objective

    This in-depth Site Master Plan laid out the foundations for future planning

    Town Council at the time accepted the Plan as information and approved provision for a new facility in the municipality's 10 Year Capital Plan

  • 1995

    The Town of Lincoln took ownership of the museum. Shortly thereafter, the Town purchased a turn-of-the-century domestic home (the ‘Heritage House') situated at the entrance of the property and moved the administration and small exhibit area to this facility

  • 1953

    Established in 1953, the museum never had a purpose-built facility for its collection which consists of almost 10,000 artifacts and is stored off-site

    For over 40 years the museum was administered by a volunteer board 

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