“A New Brooklyn Museum: The Master Plan Competition”

Brooklyn Museum

Like many art institutions, the Brooklyn Museum recently began to find its facilities too small for the changed conditions of museology, and sponsored a limited architectural competition to accommodate its expansion. The program and enormous challenge for all of the entrants was to “complete” the museum, a McKim, Mead & White-designed structure selected in an 1893 competition. (Less than 25 percent of the original scheme was realized, and numerous additions to it resulted in a misshapen hybrid.) This would remedy the chronic lack of storage, exhibition, and educational space, resolve a bewildering layout of galleries, and forge a stronger connection between the Brooklyn Museum and its neighbor, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. The task was to orchestrate existing with new facilities, to preserve, restore, and rejuvenate the institution, and to establish a meaningful dialogue between the

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