Collector plans arts, crafts museum in Florida

Published On: Nov 08 2013 09:40:35 AM EST
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -

An enthusiast of the arts and crafts movement has chosen St. Petersburg to build a museum to house his $60 million collection from the period.

The Tampa Bay Times reports that Rudy Ciccarello plans to establish his Museum of the American Arts and Crafts Movement in the city's downtown. The 90,000-square foot, four-story facility will include galleries, a cafe, restaurant, store and studios.

The museum will be the permanent home of Ciccarello's 1,200 pieces, which include furniture, pottery and tiles from a period that ran from about 1900 to 1920.

Ciccarello once set his sights on Tampa, hoping to build the facility in that city's downtown. He broke off negotiations about a year ago when he couldn't get a five-year commitment of financial support from City Hall.

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