An Educational Gateway to Southwest Ohio’s Historical, Agricultural and Natural
The Preble County Historical Society’s Museum Center is nestled into the
topography of an existing bluff overlooking low-laying cropland. The bluff also
serves as a natural accessible connector between the Museum Center and the
Swartsel Farm site by sharing common topography.
Implementation of sustainable site design strategies include; opportunities for
permeable paving, use of the “old” field as overflow parking, the extension of
a natural swale as a significant site feature and stormwater collector, and a
roof top “meadow” above the facility’s multi-purpose room.
The design also incorporates a 200 seat amphitheater carefully graded into the