Future of Gardner Museum

Gardner Museum Public Hearing Set for Thursday, June 7

[share] The Historical Society of Quincy and Adams County will hold a public hearing on Thursday, June 7th at 6.00 pm in the Gardner Museum Building at 332 Maine Street, Quincy, Illinois. The purpose of this hearing is to seek public willingness to support the mission of the Gardner Museum.  Citizens are invited to attend, tour the building and grounds and offer ideas for funding the Museum.

Gardner Museum

Built in 1888 to serve as the Quincy Public Library, the architecturally significant structure on the southwest corner of Fourth and Maine has served in recent years as the Gardner Museum of Architecture and Design.

Great River Economic Development Foundation President Jim Mentesti and Historic Quincy Business District Executive Director Travis Brown are heading a Blue Ribbon committee to gauge public support of the museum. The museum closed because of a lack of financial support in March and was taken over by the Historical Society of Quincy and Adams County.

The Society would like to continue the mission of the Gardner Museum, if public support makes this financially feasible. The Society hopes a creative partnership can be found to provide the financial support and reuse of the building for public or nonprofit use(s).

“The Gardner Museum building is an extremely important and architecturally significant structure in downtown Quincy. We hope to see a lot of engaged citizens at Thursday’s public hearing,” says Travis Brown, HQBD Executive Director.

If you are unable to attend the hearing, written or emailed comments can be submitted to:

Jim Mentesti
Great River Economic Development Foundation
300 Civic Center Plaza, Suite 256
Quincy, IL 62301