The refurbishment and conservation works have been progressing steadily over the past 12 months and the transformation is well underway of Evan’s Home into the new Butler Gallery due to open to the public in Spring 2020.
The eagerly awaited finished building will house a large contemporary gallery for major temporary exhibitions, the Butler permanent collection, the Tony O’Malley collection, a media gallery and an education and learning centre.
In addition to the refurbishment of the historic building itself, the development delivers a significant new area of public open spaces which will include a Children’s Garden, an Archaeological Garden, a Sculpture Garden and a new pedestrian connection from John Street through the site to John’s Quay. There will also be a café which will include an outdoor seating area with views of the neighbouring St. John’s Priory. This world, a mixture of old and new, history and heritage, inside and outside will provide an engaging, enjoyable and accessible visitor experience for locals and tourists alike.
McCullough Mulvin Architects have overseen a magnificent refurbishment of the existing building and the integration of a new extension. This will offer another fantastic public space for the people of Kilkenny and tourists alike and following on the completion of the Medieval Mile Museum in St. Mary’s Church offers an impressive body on work in the marble city.