The Mark Twain House in Hartford, Connecticut, is a unique historic site and architectural legacy that first opened to the public in 1974.

The museum has numerous educational programs and outreach efforts that outgrew the historic house facility.

Joe Fazzino, director of public relations and marketing at the Mark Twain House, provides a case study for the creation of an energy efficient and environmentally sustainable facility for the museum’s expanding needs.

Guided by Twain’s love of technology, the museum worked with designers and contractors to build a LEED certified building that did not compete with the nearby historic structures.

Fazzino explains the challenges the museum faced in its quest to be green and the solutions they found to create the first LEED certified museum in the country.