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Old 12-04-2007, 05:43 AM   #1
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Complete Gardner Museum Expansion

Now if the police can only recover that stolen Vermeer.

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Gardner moves expansion ahead. Files plans with city.
by Scott Van Voorhis

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is pushing ahead with plans for a major expansion, the latest big development move by a top Boston arts institution.

The Gardner Museum has filed detailed plans with City Hall for a 60,000-square-foot Renzo Piano-designed extension to the elegant, 1903 art palace.

The Fenway museum wants to spend $60 million on the new addition, which will serve as the Gardner?s entrance, and renovations to the Gardner itself, built by heiress and art collector Isabella Stewart Gardner in the style of a 15th-century, Venetian palace.

The nearby Museum of Fine Arts is well along with its own plans for a $300 million addition. The Institute of Contemporary Art recently opened a stylish steel-and-glass complex in South Boston overlooking Boston Harbor.

The Gardner?s plans are also ambitious, employing Piano, one of the world?s top architects who has already made a splash with the design for a proposed 1,000-foot building in downtown Boston. That project features a tower on stilts, with a park underneath and another atop the 75-story skyscraper.

?In the tradition of Mrs. Gardner, the museum envisions the new building will become a cultural landmark for Boston,? reads the Gardner proposal filed with the Boston Redevelopment Authority.

The new building, in addition to becoming the Gardner?s new entrance on Evans Way, would provide needed office space and perhaps become an attraction in and of itself. A performance hall, working greenhouses, naturally-lit special exhibition space, classrooms and two artist apartments are among the features of the new building.

A glass-encased walkway will connect the new building with the museum, which will undergo renovations.

Work on the Gardner expansion is slated to begin in 2009. The first parts of the new complex are slated for a 2011 opening.
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I am glad that the expansion will not be a graft onto the current building.
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Re: Gardner Museum to undertake $60 million expansion

Will it be closed during construction?

This is one of Boston's magical places. Does the existing part really need a re-do?

Piano's Morgan Library addition/renovation turned out just so-so.
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Old 12-04-2007, 10:26 AM   #3
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I can't wait to see what the design looks like.
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Old 12-04-2007, 10:49 AM   #4
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Isn't there something in ISG's will that forbids such a renovation?

I thought that is what led to the thefts. They couldn't alter the building enough to be truly secure.
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Old 12-04-2007, 11:42 AM   #5
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^ The theft had nothing to do with the building. They walked right through security disuguised as cops.
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^^ You are correct.
I'm not sure where I got the idea that the Gardner was under-protected due to the will. I thought I had read that before, but I haven't been able to find any proof to that effect.

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Launching Its Next Century, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
Selects Renzo Piano For Planning & Design Of An Addition On Its Campus

New building will preserve the historic palace while supporting expanded programs for visitors, artists, scholars and students

NOVEMBER 29, 2004 ? BOSTON ?

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum today announced the selection of Renzo
Piano and the Renzo Piano Building Workshop to plan and design a new building on the Museum?s property. The structure will meet the physical requirements of a master plan based on a compelling vision for the future adopted by the Board of Trustees in 2003.

Balancing careful preservation of the Gardner Museum?s world-renowned collection with its growing role as a vital force in contemporary culture, the Renzo Piano Workshop will create new spaces that will accommodate exhibitions, programs, visitor services, classes, offices, and greenhouses, and in so doing will reduce the wear and tear of the museum?s existing historic environment.

Isabella Stewart Gardner?s patronage of art, music, gardening, and education form the cornerstones of today?s museum programs, and since its founding, the Gardner Museum has invited visitors and artists-in-residence to reflect on the historic, aesthetic, and personal meanings embodied in the displayed works of art. The new building will allow the museum to develop a Program for Creativity, which will bring artists, scholars, and educators together to inspire each other and to generate new thinking in the museum?s unique environment.

Building on the success of the Artists-In-Residence program?which will host its 50th artist this fall?this initiative will experiment with new ways for the public to understand both the process and the results of creative collaboration.

?The selection and announcement of Renzo Piano represents the culmination of a very artful strategic planning process by this Board and staff,? said Gardner Museum President Barbara Hostetter. ?Our recently completed successful Centennial celebration, serves as a springboard to this exciting future. We are stewards of an important treasure, and I am confident that we have the right leadership, talent, and energy in place to preserve and protect it for future generations. The vision we are unfolding honors Isabella Gardner?s legacy and prepares an inspirational course for the Museum in the years ahead. The Museum is committed to an approach that reflects the importance
of intimate scale and personal sensibility. These factors characterize all that we do, and our master planning process has reflected that.?

?Renzo Piano is one of the world?s most creative architects and we?re passionate about working with him,? commented Anne Hawley, Norma Jean Calderwood Director. ?Our historic museum deserves an architect who can create a poetic building, while preserving an intimacy with art that is core to the visitor experience. Renzo Piano?s buildings evoke strong emotions?awe, inspiration, a oneness with light. He will respond to the building and perhaps in part, react against it with a deep contemporary sensibility. The historic collection as it was personally installed by Mrs. Gardner will remain unaltered.?

?Piano has demonstrated an outstanding ability to solve complex problems,? said trustee William P. Egan, Chair of the Architect Selection Committee. ?The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum presents similar challenges due to our growing needs for visitor orientation, programming, storage, and staff offices. A new building will allow us to relocate visitor amenities and high-impact services, like the shop and the restaurant, away from the historic museum building. We were knocked over by Renzo?s ability to understand precisely the critical relationship between the original museum and the new space?he referred to our historic building as the ?sacred? and the new building as the ?profane??and instantly grasped the importance of scale and intimacy.?

?When Mrs. Gardner created the museum and its original endowment, she couldn?t possibly have envisioned the challenges the museum would face in 100 years from the perspective of conservation and public duties,? noted
Jack Gardner, Chairman of the Board of Trustees and great great nephew of the founder. ?I am confident that we are honoring the founder?s wishes while exercising our responsibility to protect this national treasure. There is a stirring excitement among our trustees and museum family about the immense opportunity of working with an architect of this caliber and what it will mean to the cultural landscape in Boston.?

?I am anxious to start: each project is a new adventure, like being Robinson Crusoe landing on a new island every time. And this is a very special place,? said Renzo Piano, 1998 winner of the Pritzker Prize. ?In front of a strong
historical legacy you are always confronted with finding the right balance between discipline and freedom, between respect and courage. I am pleased and honored to receive this commission.?

?Our city is blessed with many arts organizations. The Gardner Museum, now in its 101st year, is one of the city?s greatest treasures,? said Mayor Thomas M. Menino, commenting on the announcement. ?One of the ways the museum contributes to our community is by working closely with our youth to involve them at an early age in the arts. This project, with one of the world's great architects, will give the Gardner the space that it needs for its education programs, artists, musicians, and wonderful collections, so it can serve visitors from both near and far.?

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is presently undertaking a $22 million fundraising effort focused on increasing endowment for current operations, and addressing current capital and conservation needs. This three year
endowment and capital effort began in 2003 and parallels this next stage of design exploration. Museum operations are supported by a revenue mix largely driven by endowment (42%) and fundraising (40%), with earned revenues accounting for 18%. At the same time, the Museum seeks to increase the base of annual support to strengthen its foundation as it moves toward its vision for the future.

SELECTION PROCESS

The architect selection process was led by a Board committee, chaired by William P. Eagan along with the museum director and key curatorial and operational staff. Lasting nearly a year, the process involved an internal
review of architecture firms. A deliberately broad range of architects was examined, including local, national, and international firms. Considered were European and Asian architects that reflected Mrs. Gardner?s sensibilities, as
well as a balance of experienced and up-and-coming firms.

The Museum was guided by a desire to hire an architect who would be skilled at creating solutions which would complement, rather than overwhelm the historic building. After a round of site visits, the Architect Selection Committee made its recommendation which was affirmed by the Board of Trustees on November 15. Robert Campbell, chief architectural critic for The Boston Globe, served as a consultant during this process.

ISABELLA STEWART GARDNER MUSEUM

One of the distinguishing features of the museum is its historic relationship to horticulture and green space through its interior Courtyard and exterior gardens and its adjacent relationship to the Fenway, Emerald Necklac,e and Evan?s Way Park.

Encompassing nearly one city block in Boston?s Fenway neighborhood, the Museum property includes themain historic building, a carriage house, seven working greenhouses and several garden areas.

Modeled after a 15th-century Venetian palazzo and centered around an ever-changing interior garden, the century-old Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is home to one of the most remarkable art collections in the world, featuring over 2,500 artworks, including paintings by Rembrandt, Titian, Raphael, Botticelli, Degas, and Sargent. Uniquely, the collection was personally arranged by Isabella Stewart Gardner to fire the imagination of all who visit.
Contemporary and historic exhibitions, America?s oldest museum music program, lectures, special performances, an Artist-in-Residence program, and innovative school and community partnerships continue to enrich the permanent collection and provide ongoing inspiration for visitors.

MEDIA CONTACTS
Cathy Deely, Director of Marketing & Public Relations 617.278.5184 direct cdeely@isgm.org
Katherine Armstrong, Public Relations Manager 617.278.5107 direct karmstrong@isgm.org
Visit the Gardner Museum online to access press release and to view/request images online at: www.gardnermuseum.org/information/press.asp
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Old 12-04-2007, 12:26 PM   #8
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Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Initiates Article 80 Development Review with the Boston Redevelopment Authority for a Proposed New Building on Its Campus

BOSTON, NOVEMBER 30, 2007 ?

On November 26th, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum submitted a Project
Notification Form to the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) for a proposed new building on its campus, as part of a larger campaign to preserve Isabella Stewart Gardner?s historic Palace and world-class fine art collection.

Designed by internationally renowned architect Renzo Piano and The Renzo Piano Building Workshop, with local architect CBT Architects, the new building will be a new cultural and architectural landmark for the City.

?Renzo Piano ? like Isabella Gardner ? is a gifted artist whose poetic buildings evoke emotion, awe, and inspiration,? says Anne Hawley, Norma Jean Calderwood Director of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. ?His plan for the
new building has at its heart a glass and light-filled oasis of art and creativity that will provide a harmonious balance among the Museum?s diverse cultural offerings, while leaving unaltered the unique atmosphere of the historic Palace
that visitors so love.?

The Venetian-inspired museum Palace houses more than 2,500 art objects, spanning 30 centuries, all personally arranged by Isabella Stewart Gardner.

Today, the institution is facing urgent challenges to preserve the Palace and its treasures and to protect Isabella Gardner?s vision for her museum as a vibrant cultural center ?for the education and enjoyment of the public forever.?

In Isabella Gardner?s time, about 1,000 people visited the Palace in a year, a figure closer to 200,000 today. ?A new building is essential for the Museum to relieve the pressures of increased public access and to support programming that continues its founder Isabella Stewart Gardner?s legacy,? says Hawley.
?The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum has at its core the collection and the palace, but it is also grounded in rich programming that continues Isabella Gardner?s legacy and breathes energy into her collection ? one of the richest and most treasured fine arts collections in the world. New and enriched programming will abound in the new building.?

Located behind the Museum?s historic Palace in the Fenway, the proposed new building will improve the visitor experience at the Museum and provide much-needed space to address the critical conservation, programming, and administrative needs of the institution.

Renzo Piano?s design includes approximately 60,000 square feet, including: an orientation area providing information about Isabella Gardner and the history of the Museum; a performance hall for concerts, lectures and special events; a special exhibition gallery three times the size of the space currently provided by the historic Palace; studio classrooms for students and artists to engage in the creative process; improved greenhouses visible from Evans Way Park; a caf? with increased indoor and outdoor capacity; an expanded museum shop; visiting artists? accommodations and studio space; new conservation labs; and administrative offices.

The new building will also incorporate sustainable design initiatives, including a geothermal well system.

The Gardner Museum and its Board of Trustees began planning for a new building nearly a decade ago, a process that involved a comprehensive needs assessment and culminated in the plan to design a new building.

Intending that any new building on the Museum?s site would complement the historic Palace in scale and in spirit, and be a distinguished design in its own right, in fall 2004, the Board announced the selection of Pritzker Prize-winning architect Renzo Piano and The Renzo Piano Building Workshop www.rpbw.com) to design the new building. Renzo Piano?s credits include the Pompidou Centre in Paris, the Nasher Museum and Sculpture Park in Dallas, and the latest addition to the Morgan Library in New York City, where Piano sensitively worked on a tight urban site with important historic structures.

Local firm CBT Architects was appointed to the design team in fall 2006.
Renzo Piano?s design for the new building will open up the site to the public, providing a more inviting and safer entrance along Evans Way. A first floor of glass will provide views to the historic Palace and Museum?s exterior landscape. Visitors will pass through a one-story glass corridor from the new building through the gardens to enter the historic Palace.

To accommodate a new building that meets the requirements of the project, the design includes the removal of two small buildings behind the historic Palace: a carriage house built in 1907; and an annex built in 1933. The Museum completed the Article 85 process with the Boston Landmarks Commission in April 2007, which allows for the demolition of these buildings.

The proposed plan also has the support of the Boston Preservation Alliance (BPA).

The Museum initiated the Article 80 Development Review process with the BRA in October 2007. It submitted a formal Project Notification Form (PNF) to the BRA on Monday of this week, in conjunction with a public forum at the Museum to allow community members an opportunity to review and to comment on the proposed design plan.

The museum asked the BRA to extend the public comment period for the PNF to 45 days, to provide ample time for community comments during the holiday season. The PNF is available to view through January 14, 2008 in the office
of the Secretary of the BRA, Boston City Hall, Boston, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding holidays, and via the BRA website at: http://www.cityofboston.gov/bra/Deve...evprojects.asp.

Specifics regarding construction costs and timetable will be released when design and construction plans for the new building are final. The museum does not anticipate that construction will affect visitor hours or access.
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Gardner museum to grow
1903 institution plans tripling space in 1st major expansion

By Geoff Edgers, Globe Staff | November 29, 2004

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, whose construction has remained the same since it opened in 1903, will announce today its first major expansion.

Officials have hired Italian architect Renzo Piano to design a multistory building for the museum's Fenway site. Piano, who won the Pritzker Prize for architecture in 1998, built the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas and was hired earlier this month to design the expansion of New York's Whitney Museum.

If successful, the project would triple the Gardner's special exhibitions space, move the cafe and administrative offices out of the ornate "Palace," and create a new main entrance. It would mark a dramatic leap for the museum, which has long wrestled with ways to modernize its operation without violating the strict, legal limits Isabella Stewart Gardner created to maintain the museum's distinctive atmosphere. Gardner, the art collector and Boston socialite, modeled the museum after a 15th-century Venetian palace and lived on its fourth floor until her death in 1924.

"The museum can't keep functioning as it is," said director Anne Hawley. "It was never meant to have 100 people working for it, or to have a cafe, or to have a coat check space. This plan allows for moving all of that out of the Palace."

The expansion would not alter the museum's collection, a requirement of Gardner's will. But Hawley said that it would better protect the art, which includes paintings by Rembrandt, Michelangelo, and Degas. Gardner's will has helped maintain the museum of her vision as a special art palace. It is known not only for the 2,500 paintings, sculptures, tapestries, and rare books in its collection, but for the central flowering courtyard. To commemorate Gardner's birthday each April, the museum hangs 8-foot nasturtiums from the balconies.

But the Gardner's timeless nature has also created a challenge for its directors, who have not been able to turn to the money-making ventures typical of a modern museum. The Gardner does operate a gift shop and cafe, but the spaces are cramped. The museum has only a 545-square-foot room for special exhibits. It cannot have more than 500 people in the building at one time, which also limits its ability to host profitable corporate events. The Gardner has an annual budget of roughly $8 million.

"This is long overdue," said Boston historian Douglas Shand-Tucci, author of "The Art of Scandal: The Life and Times of Isabella Stewart Gardner." "And Renzo Piano is not likely to do anything that is not absolutely exquisite."

Though museum officials say it is too early to estimate, the cost of a new building would probably be at least $60 million. Hawley said she hopes to get the work finished by 2010, though that could change. The Museum of Fine Arts plans to finish its dramatic expansion, down the street, in 2009.

No money has been raised yet, but the Gardner has begun making presentations to city officials, including Mayor Thomas M. Menino. "We're very encouraged by what we've seen," said Menino. "I totally approve of what they want to do."

Despite Menino's support, the project is far from a reality. After developing a design, the Gardner will need to work through the permitting process with the Boston Redevelopment Authority. The museum's plan will need to meet city requirements and address any concerns raised by neighbors.

The new building would potentially sit next to the 15,000-square-foot current museum on land acquired by the Gardner in 1969 and 1970. Piano is being asked to design a 45,000-square-foot building that would not overwhelm the Gardner's home, which is affectionately known as "The Palace." To make room for the expansion, six greenhouses on the Gardner's land along Evans Way will probably be removed. The main entrance would move from the Fenway to Evans Way.

Gardner officials say the museum has needed to expand for years, and Hawley remembers it being discussed when she took over in 1989. But Hawley decided the museum should focus first on renovating its existing space. In 1999, the Gardner completed its first capital campaign, raising $28 million for art conservation and to install a climate control system. The Gardner is in the midst of a $22 million fund-raising campaign that will, in part, increase its endowment. The Gardner's endowment is approximately $75 million, which covers 80 percent of its operating expenses, according to Hawley.

The Gardner is also the site of the largest art heist ever. On March 18, 1990, two men dressed as Boston police officers stole 13 pieces, including paintings by Rembrandt, Degas, and Vermeer. The works have not been recovered.

Hawley said she is not concerned about competing with other cultural institutions for cash. The region has been in the midst of a museum building boom. The Peabody Essex Museum in Salem finished its expansion in 2003. The MFA expansion is part of a $425 million capital campaign. The Institute of Contemporary Art is raising $62 million to build its new home, a glass-walled, waterfront building on South Boston's Fan Pier that is expected to open in 2006.

"The community's being asked to do a lot, but there are so many people who haven't been asked," said Hawley.

Piano will come to Boston in December to interview staff and walk through the Gardner as he works to develop a design for the new building. He was selected after a nearly yearlong search.

Advisers during this process included Henri Zerner, a Harvard University art history professor; Barry Munitz, president of the J. Paul Getty Trust; and John L. Gardner, chairman of the museum's board of trustees and Gardner's great-great nephew. Robert Campbell, the Boston Globe's architecture critic, has also served as a consultant.

Hawley said the new building will not be taller than the Gardner. She also said that one of Piano's biggest challenges will be developing a new entrance. Currently, visitors walk in off the busy Fenway, through a narrow doorway, and into the majestic courtyard.

The architect comes with a bonus. Raymond Nasher, the mall developer-turned-art collector, is planning to visit the Gardner in December along with Piano. Nasher grew up on Mallard Avenue in Dorchester and has contributed to his alma mater, Boston Latin. But his cultural donations have been in his adopted hometown, Dallas, where he hired Piano to build the Nasher Sculpture Center. Hawley said that the Gardner does not intend to ask Nasher for money, only advice. "He'll teach me to be a good client," said Hawley. "He's a wonderful man and he's on fire about art."

Geoff Edgers can be reached at gedgers@globe.com
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"I'm not sure where I got the idea that the Gardner was under-protected due to the will. I thought I had read that before, but I haven't been able to find any proof to that effect."

I've read/heard the same.
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There are plans available as part of a massive document on the BRA website. Maybe someone with a tad more time on their hands than me can capture the plans and elevations and post them on here for everyone to look at and discuss ....
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"I'm not sure where I got the idea that the Gardner was under-protected due to the will. I thought I had read that before, but I haven't been able to find any proof to that effect."

I've read/heard the same.
From what I understand, the will stipulated that the museum was not to be changed and that the collection was to be left as it was originally set, so that probably meant it was tough to add security measures.
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A big part of the problem is that the guards were untrained college students who where high from smoking pot that night. They were never told that if the police come to the door for anything, do not let them in. That is standard procedure at the MFA

http://www.boston.com/news/specials/...r_heist/heist/

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Does the green mean they'll be using living walls?
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http://www.cityofboston.gov/bra/Deve...Museum_PNF.pdf

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Green Ivy Wall
The current design calls for a series of green walls established on the primary facades of the
building. This green wall will provide solar shading to the vertical walls during the
summer, thus reducing the cooling load on the building. During winter the leaves will drop
exposing the vertical walls to direct solar radiation for beneficial heat gain.
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The new building designed by Renzo Piano will preserve, protect, and enhance the historic
integrity of the Museum while providing much needed space for all of the services that are
required by a contemporary institution. The program has a target of 60,000? sf of new
construction which includes a performance hall, working greenhouses, a naturally-lit
special exhibition space, classrooms, two artist apartments, conservation labs, caf?, and gift
shop, together with a new entrance and all the related visitor services, office spaces, and
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"if the police come to the door for anything, do not let them in. That is standard procedure at the MFA."

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"if the police come to the door for anything, do not let them in. That is standard procedure at the MFA."

hmm
Of course there are times when police are permitted to enter, but that is the general policy when the museum is closed to the public.
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I can't see much in the view -- BUT I think that I Like it

Like the MFA ? The Gardner is the kind of project where you absolutely need a world-class architect to deal with the old while still allowing for what is needed in the new.

I'm hopeful for the Foster and Partners renovation master plan for the MFA

I think that the BSO missed a golden opportunity with the Cohen Wing of Symphony Hall -- they should have made a glass box the same height as the cornice of the Hall and extending down Huntington Ave. The front facades could have been all shops with the Cohen Wing behind and above the street facade shops -- a sort of Symphony Mall to complement Symphony Hall

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