Location and Funding
The prominent bay-front property is east of Highway 101, along historic Front Street across from the Sun Printing Museum in Coos Bay. (Click here to see map.) The site was generously donated for this project to the Coos County Historical Society by the City of Coos Bay’s Urban Renewal Agency. The Society has hired architects and other design and engineering consultants, contracted with local service providers, created partnerships with other local non-profits, and nearly completed the funding required to make this dream a reality.
Despite a difficult economy, including a lack of state and federal funds, determined local donors have thus far provided enough support to trigger more than $1.5 million in additional foundation grants so that construction can proceed. Now we need YOUR help to raise the last funds necessary to complete and furnish this exciting new gateway to the beauty and treasures of Coos County.
The exterior of the CH&MC was designed to evoke waterfront buildings of the early 1900s. Many buildings had large print signs (see Marshfield waterfront, left) and varied roof lines (see North Bend wharf, right). The monitors along the rooftop and down the east face of the new Center will allow some light into the building by day and to shine out by night.
CH&MC from the east (waterfront) and west (highway)
CH&MC from the north (parking lot) and south (plaza)
View from the southwest (plaza entrance)