Appleton Museum of Art
Ocala, FL 1987

In the fall of 1983, the City of Ocala, Florida was the recipient of a major gift from Arthur I. Appleton Family for the expressed purpose of erecting a museum to house the extensive Appleton collection of cultural antiquities.

Situated on the crown of a gently rolling hill, the building is approached via a narrow motorway carved out of a thickly wooded pine and oak forest. The 220 foot long reflecting pool at the forecourt of the main building is yet another response to Mr. Appleton’s vision. In addition to the 25,000 square feet of gallery space, the Museum contains a 75-seat food service facility and a 230-seat lecture hall.


Firm of Record: Rowe Holmes Barnett Architects, Inc. / The Design Arts Group, Inc.

Peter Hepner served as Project Manager which included responsibilities associated with the design, production and construction administration while employed by the above firms.

AIA Florida - 1984 Unbuilt Design Award
AIA Florida - 1987 Award for Excellence
AIA Tampa Bay - Test of Time Award
AIA Tampa Bay - 1988 Honor Award