Located just off the shores the Atlantic Ocean, the Elliott Museum interprets and celebrates the genius of innovation, creativity and historical events of Martin County and its surrounding region. The unique rock formations of Anastasia stone along the shoreline of this area and the preserved “House of Refuge”—which offered sanctuary for sailors and remains as part of the Museum, served as inspiration for both the textures and materials of the building and its integration into the site. The program consists of hands-on and traveling exhibit space, art studio, library, permanent historical archives for the County, the Sterling Elliott gallery, and an extensive collection of antique automobiles. A multi-storied, automated car storage system holds 55 of these cars and features a turntable invented by Sterling Elliott—a prolific inventor and Martin County resident for whom the museum is named. A mechanical genius from humble roots, Elliott began his life-long passion for invention as a child, moving into design and manufacture of bicycles. His hundreds of inventions and patents have become the basis for the production and distribution of mechanical devices that have changed and enhanced the way we live. The museum showcases these contributions in an exciting and publicly-accessible way.
Seeking LEED Silver certification, the building was also designed to withstand hurricane force winds in excess of 180 mph and includes a “turtle safe” design strategy.
Historical Society of Martin County
AIA Florida, Award of Merit, Unbuilt Category, 2008
AIA Tampa Bay, Award of Merit, Unbuilt Category, 2005
Elliott Museum Collection
New York Focus LLC