CA: Construction starting soon for Grand Carousel & Banquet Hall
Construction of the glassy, rotund home for the historic Memphis Grand Carousel could start within a week.
The Memphis Grand Carousel and Banquet Hall organization filed building permit documents this week that show the 20,000-square-foot facilty at 2525 Central will cost $4.4 million.
The building, designed by the designshop architecture firm and to be built by Montgomery Martin Contractors, will rise on the west end of the Children’s Museum of Memphis.
Construction should take about a year. “I’d like to open it in September (2017),” said Dick Hackett, chief executive of the Children’s Musuem.
Asked what excites him most about the building’s design, Hackett said, “The fact that (the carousel) will somewhat look like a toy inside a glass building. And the round shape.”
The space will include a catering kitchen and banquet seating for 300.
The carousel operated in the fairgrounds from 1923 until 2005, when Libertyland closed.