Designs Revealed for Renovated Philadelphia Museum of Art

The Philadelphia Museum of Art has announced design plans for its renovation, reports Inga Saffron of the Philadelphia Inquirer. Conceived by architect Frank Gehry, the new building will burrow deep into the museum’s surrounding hillside and will create street level entrances, a new great hall named “The Forum,” and new galleries under the east terrace. Gehry was hired in 2006 to begin the project but the museum chose to slowly incorporate improvements, having since added a parking garage, a new loading dock, and a few small galleries in its annex. The museum will still have to raise $350 million dollars for Gehry’s proposed plans, which will formally be unveiled in an upcoming exhibition at the museum. The renovations are set to be completed in time for the museum’s centennial in 2028.