Construction could begin soon on giant canopy at National World War II Museum

March 1 2018 | Latest News


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The National World War II museum will begin construction this spring on the 150-foot-tall Canopy of Peace, a signature shade structure long planned for the 6-acre Warehouse District campus.

The canopy, which museum officials have said will cost upwards of $10 million to build, was made possible by a donation from Louisiana shipbuilding magnate Donald “Boysie” Bollinger in 2015.

At 448 feet long and 126 feet wide, the canopy will consist of panels made of a Teflon-coated fiberglass membrane to provide shade and act as a screen upon which programmable lighting and messages can be projected from below.

The museum has said the canopy, designed by Voorsanger Architects in New York, will provide a visually distinctive element not only for the museum but for the city’s skyline.

The museum is expected to make an announcement on the timeline for construction and other details in the coming weeks. The museum has its completion slated for this winter.

The canopy is the latest component in the museum’s $400 million master plan. Work began in December on the eight-story, $66.5 million Higgins Hotel and Conference Center on the site at Magazine Street.