Expansion Includes New Event Space and Commercial Kitchen
Renovations to the old building adjacent to the Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage will add 2550 square feet to the facility—and plenty of opportunity for bringing events, dinners and receptions to downtown Ridgeland.
When the project is complete in late summer, the front of the learning and cultural center will be reoriented to the south and will be able to host a variety of private and community events in the new multi-functional gallery, meeting space and light-filled park setting located on the interior of the block.
The expansion aligns with the cultural center’s mission to preserve and cultivate the area’s local heritage. “From my perspective, we are repurposing a portion of the commercial historic downtown into a civic space that helps record and convey Ridgeland’s rich culture and history for future generations,” says Executive Director Annmarie Reiley-Kay.
Designed to host private and public events of all kinds, the new gallery will add 2100 square feet of floor space to accommodate 142 guests, and when coupled with the center’s current space, the facility will handle 210. The new 450-square-foot commercial-grade kitchen makes the Morris Center the only location in downtown suitable for large catered functions. Future plans also include offering cooking classes and more culinary-themed events.
About The Daniel O. Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage
Located in the heart of downtown Ridgeland on US 17, the Daniel O. Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage is a learning and exhibition center dedicated to preserving and cultivating the history, culture and spirit of Ridgeland and its surrounding counties. Housed in a collection of vintage buildings, with the architecturally distinctive Sinclair Service Station as its focal point, the center features ever-changing exhibitions, interactive and dynamic learning opportunities, cultural offerings, storytelling and other forms of art.