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Background Founded in 1931 by Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, a sculptor 700 works of American Art were displayed at 8-12 West 8th Street In 1966, building moved to its current location at 75th and Madison Ave. Current building designed by Hungarian architect, Marcel Brever
Proposed Expansion In 2003, Rem Koolhaas proposed a 9-story building on top of adjacent brownstones Estimated cost was $200 million Plan was rejected because the Museum couldn’t afford it
“Whitney’s Identity Crisis” Leonard A. Lauder donated $131 million to the Whitney in 2008 $680 million project that involved opening a second museum at the High Line was proposed Is it affordable? Should the uptown building be abandoned? Can there be a compromise?
Budget Issues Combined yearly costs would increase from $36 million to $60 million Whitneyhad only raised $371 million through signed pledges The original building was leased to the Metropolitan Museum of Art for next 8 years
The High Line Project Designed by Renzo Piano, an Italian Pritzker- Prize winning architect Six-story, 195,000 square-foot building
Cantilevered entrance with restaurants and cafes. Transparent, glass doors.
Four levels of outdoor gallery space that face the High Line, including the roof. Exposed steel girders on the roof echo the steel structure of the High Line itself.
170-seattheater with windows overlooking the Hudson
The Museum isexpected to beopen to public by2015.