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Fifty years ago, Ima Hogg donated Bayou Bend and her collection of American decorative arts and paintings to the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Last Friday, ground was broken for the new the Lora Jean Kilroy Visitor and Education Center adjacent to the Bayou Bend estate at the corner of Memorial Drive and Westcott St. In a surprise announcement at the end of the event, MFAH Director Peter C. Marzio said the museum had acquired the property adjacent to the site, which will double the space available for the project, expected to open in late 2010.

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