I think this will become a mecca for Peanuts fans the world over, and will show off our beautiful Sonoma County.
— Jean Schulz, Charles M. Schulz Museum Board President
The Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center was designed to reflect the modest, low key, and comfortable personality and style of the internationally-famous cartoonist. Until his death in 2000, Charles “Sparky” Schulz himself was involved with each design stage. After his passing, his widow, Jean, along with close friends, family members, and museum and design professionals kept his vision in mind to create this beautiful and meaningful space as a tribute to an extraordinary man.
C. David Robinson Architects
The architectural firm of C. David Robinson Architects was chosen based on their experience in the design of museums and their enthusiastic interest in translating Sparky’s whimsical philosophy of life through art into three dimensions.
While the artwork is the attraction, our challenge was to create a place where Sparky’s spirit can comfortably reside. We challenged ourselves to envision what he would find appropriate, and what would be the most comfortable environment for the display of his work and the celebration of his life.
Oliver & Company
Oliver & Company was chosen as the general contractor for the project because of its longstanding commitment to the arts. The company’s leadership is involved in volunteer work for not-for-profit institutions and has considerable experience building “presenting” venues (i.e., theaters, museums, and galleries).
We as a company were so proud to be involved with this project, not only to honor the life and vision of Sparky but to be part of broadening the cultural strength of Sonoma County.