Proposed museum building: home of the Whopper?

GUILFORD — I was intrigued by the architect's illustration of the proposed Brattleboro Museum & Art Center.

Glancing at it, at first I thought it was a picture of the new Burger King under construction at Exit 1, taken before the advertising logos were on.

Of course, I quickly realized my mistake. However, I was struck by the similarity in material and design.

How wonderful to have such consistency.

I was gratified to see that the new museum would partially block the public's view of the Edward Jones building, which is so old looking with that steep-pitched roof, hand-laid brickwork, and granite lintels. Why, it might be the oldest building in downtown. Up with the new!

I propose designating Canal Street an architectural trail. Stop one: the new Burger King. It sets the tone for the visual harmony Brattleboro is achieving. Stop two: Walgreens. Stop three: the Brattleboro Food Co-op building. Stop Four: the new art museum, which will balance nicely with the beginning of the Trail; also, people will be fascinated by the underwater parking. It will be so vibrant!

How about a name for the new museum building? Let's call it the Whopper Building.

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