SENECA ART AND CULTURE CENTER AT GANONDAGAN
The Ganondagan Historic Site is one of the only historic sites dedicated to Native Americans. It tells the story of a great Seneca settlement and a thriving agrarian and political culture that was almost destroyed by the French Army to secure fur trading rights in the mid 1800’s.
Located in Victor, NY, the site has become a Mecca for the Seneca people as well as historians and educators. The new interpretive center is intended to present the traditions and story of the Seneca people. DeWolff Partnership Architects
“The Seneca Art and Culture Center at Ganondagan – represents the return of the
Seneca and Iroquois people to an important village site of their native homeland –
architecture was inspired by the Hiawatha wampum belt, symbolizing the unity of five nations under one confederacy, as well as the traditional Native
American long house plan.
To reflect Ganondagan’s rich heritage as a vital hub for trade and culture, the building’s
architecture features a horizontal line that metaphorically connects the five objects on the
Hiawatha belt. The rectangular center aisle circulation is used to create the central spine circulation of the building, with programs appearing on both sides, all under this matriarchal clan”. exerpted from Design Architect Francois de Menil’s narrative
DeWolff Architects Rochester New York: Designers of Cultural Learning Centers