Special to the Star 

During Mayor Walt Maddox’s Capital Projects recommendation presentation on Tuesday, April 30, the City released concept site plans for an expansion of the Kentuck Art Center into Tuscaloosa at the historic Queen City Pool House. 

The proposed project includes museum space, a café, a retail storefront, and an event venue. 

“This is an exciting opportunity to expand the reach of Kentuck’s arts programming in our community and our City,” Mayor Walt Maddox said. “This proposed project will amplify our Arts & Entertainment District, and continue to transform our riverfront into a destination for residents and visitors alike.” 

The Queen City Pool House was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright’s apprentice Don Buel Schuyler, and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1992. 

It’s located at 1901 Jack Warner Pkwy – across the street from the Tuscaloosa River Market and the Visitor Center.  

“This expansion represents an exciting new chapter in Kentuck’s history,” said Exa Skinner, executive director of Kentuck Art Center. “We’re grateful to the City of Tuscaloosa for the opportunity to collaborate on this project, and we look forward to preserving the architecture of this building and honoring the legacy of Mildred Westervelt Warner.”