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The National Music Center was a grass roots concept about celebrating the rich and varied history of music in the United States. The idea for the Center was born years ago when Nancy Sinatra couldn’t find a national music museum to house Frank-related artifacts. A large number of people supported the concept, and their efforts finally resulted the Federal City Council adopting the NMC as one of its initiatives.

Michael Winstanley AIA AICP led the planning and design effort to create a mixed use development concept to be located at the site of the old convention center along New York Avenue, NW, in Washington, DC. The mixed use venue would provide for a rich urban design potential of mixing the uses of a 350,000 sf hotel, retail,

500,000 sf office and the National Music Center with both exhibition space, a 750-seat theater, and a 3,000-seat theater, both to serve as music venues.

The final concept was a sweeping hotel oval, open at the New York Avenue side and keyed to the street with the National Music Center building. The oval provided an outdoor venue for music performances. Surrounding the hotel oval and rimming the site is the office space and performing arts center. The project also sought to reopen 10th street that was closed when the convention center was originally constructed.

Michael Winstanley AIA AICP was the Design Principal for this project during his tenure as Design Director at Leo A Daly.