Equal Rights Heritage Center

City of Auburn
Auburn, NY

As part of the Governor’s Central New York – Upstate Revitalization Initiative, this $10M investment within the City of Auburn was proposed to boost the tourism industry in Auburn and the surrounding areas.  The new 7,500 SF facility includes three main components: (1) I Love New York Equal Rights Heritage Tourism Promotion Center, (2) Taste of New York Market, and (3) a local tourism promotion / visitor information center for the City, Cayuga County, and the region.


EDR assisted the Client with site planning, landscape architecture design, site-civil engineering consulting services. EDR’s design responsibilities included design of pedestrian patterns and site amenities (e.g., specialty pavements, site furniture, lighting fixtures, and plantings); site grading, sanitary sewers, watermains, storm sewers and stormwater management.


Other design responsibilities included the reconstruct Lincoln Street to increase pedestrian safety and accessibility at the intersections, to make a strong pedestrian connection between Downtown, Memorial City Hall (across the street), the South State Street Historic District, and the adjacent William H. Seward House Museum (a national historic landmark). The result provided a new welcome center and trailhead to historic sites, including a portal for community interaction.