National Museum of Dance

National Museum of Dance

National Museum of Dance, Saratoga Springs, NY

Saratoga Springs has been a center for modern and classical dance since the construction of the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in the 1960s.  Twenty five years later the very same group of philanthropists and visionaries that created SPAC came together again to create a National Museum of Dance and Hall of Fame; the only museum in the nation dedicated entirely to the art of dance.

The project restored the former Washington Baths, a bungalow style building in the historic Saratoga Spa State Park.  The “H” shaped building included an ornate plaster rotunda in the middle that originally served as an entry and waiting lobby.  The “bath rooms” occupied the remaining wings.  The long narrow facility was constructed of wood frame with a stucco exterior with a slate-gabled roof.

Saratoga Associates developed design documents that restored the rotunda as the Hall of Fame with names of the inductees hand lettered on the plaster cornices throughout the room.  The building’s wings were renovated as exhibit halls for permanent and temporary exhibits.  The plaster stucco exterior was restored and major repairs were made to the distinctive slate roof.