Being a place to celebrate the positive accomplishments that mascots have played in professional sports, The National Mascot Hall of Fame will not only be about the mascots, but also families and children. The Hall of Fame contains interactive displays that profile the mascot lifestyle as well as teach children about the science involved in entertaining others.
The 27,278 SF building contains a three-story glass atrium space that separates the building into different programming areas and serves as a vertical circulation and organizational device. Program areas on either side of the atrium are accessed by walkways or “bridges” that provide an overview of the entire interior as patrons move from one side to the other.
Situated at the end of Whiting’s main commercial corridor, 119th Street, with panoramic views of Whiting and Lake Michigan, the building’s massing was sculpted and placed in such a way as to complement and help reinforce the entry to Whiting’s lakefront park. The northern tip of atrium was situated as to point toward the park as well as be seen down 119th Street. This “element” was envisioned to be a beacon of light in the evening to help provide a visual marker to lead people to the building.