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MFAH Will Spend No Less Than $450 Million On Planned Expansion + Endowment

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Rendering: Steven Holl Architects

The announcement: Some very wealthy people made some very generous donations that will allow the Museum of Fine Arts Houston to expand dramatically. It will create, essentially, a new campus on the 1000 block of Bissonnet, with the (via Houston Chronicle) “north side as a pedestrian-friendly cultural hub with a lively landscape, two distinctive new buildings, ample underground parking and smooth circulation patterns for vehicles and people.”

The new campus will be called the Fayez S. Sarofim Campus; the project architect is Steven Holl Architects (known for Simmons Hall at MIT and the Bloch Building addition to the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Missouri.) There will be a new Glassell School of Art building. And “a block farther east, a new state-of-the-art conservation center by Lake|Flato Architects will rise two stories above the existing parking garage.” The museum has not yet named a landscape architect.

So far the museum has raised $330 million in its $450 million (overall, including endowment) capital campaign. For more info, go here and here.

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