The Studio Museum In Harlem Files Building Plans For New Facility

January 5, 2018

Patch reports that the Studio Museum in Harlem has filed permits with the city Department of Buildings to move forward with the construction of its new six-story facility on West 125th Street between Lenox and Seventh avenues, according to public records.

The David Adjaye-designed building will rise 122 feet tall and contain 67,367 square feet of museum space, according to the development plans. The new museum complex will feature galleries on several floors, a cafe, a rooftop terrace, workshop space and an auditorium, according to the building plans.

The Studio Museum first announced plans to build a new home in 2015 after outgrowing its current space — a century-old commercial building adapted for museum use in the 80s. Museum officials revealed a first look at the new complex in September of 2017.

“We are thrilled to announce that during our 50th anniversary year, we will begin construction on the single biggest initiative the Studio Museum has ever undertaken, making David Adjaye‘s brilliant design a reality,” museum director Thelma Golden said in a statement.


The Studio Museum also announced the beginning of a $175 million capital plan to raise money for construction costs. Museum officials said in September that 70 percent of the $175 million goal has already been met, due in large part to a $53.8 million gift from the city of New York.

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