by Paul Bowers
The Patriots Point Development Authority announced Wednesday that a standalone museum is in the works for a site on dry land near the Yorktown. Estimated price tag? Over $100 million.
Under an agreement, the National Medal of Honor Museum Foundation would sign a lease with the PPDA and be responsible for raising the money to design, build, and operate the museum. Both organizations are asking Congress to designate the site as the National Medal of Honor Museum.
“We fully expect that this project will serve as a catalyst for additional investments at Patriots Point,” said PPDA Chairman Ray Chandler in a press release. “This will include both cultural and appropriate commercial and hospitality uses of the highest quality.”
In mockups, the museum building has leaf-shaped sections reminiscent of the Sydney Opera House and glass walls facing the Cooper River. But don’t get too attached to the design — Smith says the Museum Foundation’s first orders of business will be raising $3 to $5 million, putting together fundraising staff, and hiring someone to get to work on a design.