I am writing in regard to my experience in working with Edward Barnhart in his capacity as project architect… with Venturi Scott Brown Associates for the Barnes Foundation gallery [a major] preservation project. As gallery director, I was the Foundation’s project liaison overseeing the $14,000,000 preservation project of the 1925 gallery. Without exception, I can say the Mr. Barnhart is a highly effective, detail-orientated architect, whose calm demeanor kept a difficult project on track with excellent results.
As with all projects, we had a tight budget and schedule, but unlike many projects, we also had a major requirement of aesthetic perfection because of the gallery environment. Mr. Barnhart led the project in a professional manner and kept the disparate team of contractors and design consultants working towards a common goal. His attention to detail is a strength that yields magnificent results in the completed project. Details are not left up to a contractor whose only concern is cutting expense at the cost of quality. However, when the issue of value engineering comes up, he is able to respond in a realistic manner that does not sacrifice the overall intention of the project.
I would recommend Mr. Barnhart for any architectural project. He has extensive experience in historic preservation, museum design, institutional, and residential projects. He is a pleasure to work with and I think he would be an outstanding designer for any project. I give him my highest recommendation.
R.L.M. — Owner’s Representative for Cultural Non-profit