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Eaton, OH

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 adjacent hillside.