University of Maine, Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine

Augusta, ME

Market: Cultural


Shepley Bulfinch




2009 Merit Award, Less than $15 Million Category, AISC IDEAS2 Awards

The Michael Klahr Center, named in honor of a Maine resident who survived the Holocaust, houses the Holocaust and Human Rights Center (HHRC) at University of Maine at Augusta (UMA).  HHRC sponsored an international architectural design competition and selected Shepley Bulfinch’s entry from 123 submissions for the new center.  Shepley Bulfinch’s design featured a cylindrical, brick-clad theater as a centerpiece for the building.  In the theater, HHRC presents stories of Holocaust survivors from Maine told in their own words.  Around this focal point, semispherical petal structures spring forth from the ground.  By suggesting the blooming petals of a flower, the design reminds visitors of the rebirth of freedom and human rights after the horrors of the Holocaust and World War II.  SGH designed the structure for the building,