Texas Architect Nov/Dec 2001: Public Spaces
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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. et se re y er om tg st ve 1 cam p bo 2 wie on bou nt rd m h st re leva et 3 cr in sl os ee e s r st 7 am ll ad wi ro ch ro ad ar ge rs 4 10 t 6 ad ro 8 e iv dr 5 sity er iv ar h n u e av bu rn u n ett -T an e g er dy en st e u n ca n e av la y le et re st dy Dr iv e N 9 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 1 1 / 1 2 2 0 0 1 t e x a s a r c h i t e c t 19