St. Petersburg, FL
Completed November 2002
WEEDON ISLAND PRESERVE
CULTURAL AND NATURAL HISTORY CENTER
The Weedon Island Preserve Cultural and Natural History Center is situated on a 3,164-acre Pinellas County preserve on the western shore of Tampa Bay. The design of the facility was influenced by three main themes: the environment, the Native American artifacts discovered on site, and Native American culture that once occupied the site.
The 16,517 square foot three-story facility houses exhibit spaces, an auditorium, a classroom with outdoor lab deck, offices, and a 3rd level viewing patio. As one journeys throughout the spaces, the Center guides you through a physical experience of the "three world" view of the Southeastern American Indian Culture. The first floor of the facility showcases artifacts from the site as well as interactive exhibits. The second level houses the administrative offices for the Weedon Island Preserve Cultural and Natural History Center staff as well as conference facilities. The third story observation platform offers spectacular views of the Preserve. It is through this viewpoint that visitors are able to understand the symbiotic relationship of the Center with the surrounding Preserve, turning it from a building into a touchstone for the learning process.