Designing the Museum: Kristin Schieffer

Author Kristin Schieffer completed a hypothetical design for the new OSU Museum of Art at the Stillwater Postal Plaza as part of her third-year interior design coursework with Professor Theodore Drab. In this post, she shares some renderings of her design.

Rendered view of “Eaton’s restaurant” in what is currently the lobby of the Postal Plaza.

The Oklahoma State University Museum of Art has brought culture and pride to the school and city. The historically based Eaton’s Restaurant and gift shop exude tradition and class. Eaton’s Restaurant, named for Oklahoma State University’s inspiration, Frank Eaton, offers a unique atmosphere to downtown Stillwater. With its traditional décor and historical character, Eaton’s provides an escape from the rest of the city. The refreshing American Nouveau menu and New York style combined with OSU pride creates the perfect dining experience. The Museum Gift Shop continues the traditional atmosphere with historically based displays and furniture. It houses the work of local artists, Museum replicas, and OSU merchandise. The Gift Shop allows everyone to take home a piece of the Oklahoma State Art Museum experience.

Rendered view of the Museum gift shop at the Postal Plaza.

The goal of this Restaurant and Retail space was to create a place allowing the members of this community to come together, combining both OSU and Stillwater. The existing Postal Plaza’s charm is translated through the arching windows and fine materials used in these new spaces. Everything from the Duncan Phyfe chairs to the historical woodwork in this Restaurant and Retail space delivers comfortable sophistication. Eaton’s Restaurant and Gift Shop is different than anything else Stillwater has to offer.

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About osucurator

Louise Siddons is Associate Professor of Art History at Oklahoma State University and founding curator of the Oklahoma State University Museum of Art. She maintains this blog as a record of her students' work with the Museum's permanent collection as well as more generally with topics related to museum studies.
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