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The Kimbell Art Museum has purchased a site

13) has provided this institution with much needed

immediately to its east once used by the Fort Worth

display and storage space while holding its focal

Independent School District; which is bounded by

point at the northwest corner of the district. This

University Drive, Darnell Street, Arch Adams, and

is the museum’s third expansion since 1961, and

West Lancaster. This site is opposite and south of

future growth will require a complete new strategy

the new site for the Modern and is the likely location

as the new addition fills every available inch of its

for any future expansion of the Kimbell. With the

site. The museum, with the pedestrian circulation

Modern’s move to become the first perception of

within the district in mind (particularly towards

the district, one may imagine that the Kimbell will

the Kimbell, downhill to its east), has reconfigured

be even more strongly pressed toward the use of

the parking area north of the open court containing

this opposing site. At least until the construction

Henry Moore’s Upright Motives.

of the other museums is completed, however, the

All three museums contend with the “university

Kimbell has no plans for the site besides surface

or Disneyland” opposition noted in a recent New

parking and the use of an existing Miesian FWISD

York Times article by Michael Kimmelman, in

meeting space designed by Martin Growald of Fort

particular the critic’s emphasis on the return to

Worth. Kay Fortson, president of the Kimbell Board

quality as a social value seemingly lost to quantity.

of Trustees, stated during the 1998 AIA 25-Year

And most, if not all, American museums routinely

Award ceremony that it is her desire, and has been

market themselves as though in competition with

all along, to take care of Louis Kahn’s building

forms of entertainment. The Fort Worth museums

in perpetuity.

seem to coexist admirably with rodeos and cutting-

Completion of the many ongoing and planned museum

horse shows—an interesting cross-fertilization takes

projects will result in a more consolidated cultural district;

place to the benefit of both.

map by Jim Atherton, courtesy Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

The Amon Carter Museum’s expansion (see “New Amon Carter Museum Opens,” TA 9/10 2001, p.

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site plan 1 Amon Carter Museum 2 Old Modern Art Museum Building 3 Museum of Science and history 4 cattle raisers museum 5 national cowgirl museum and hall of fame 6 kimbell art museum 7 modern art museum of fort worth 8 will rogerts complex 9 casa mañana theatre 10 redesigned intersection

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Texas Architect Nov/Dec 2001: Public Spaces