Looks like the long anticipated Crocker Art Museum expansion is finally ready to proceed this year. Ground breaking is set for July 26th.
The project is will run about 71.6M, financed by a bunch of different sources
CA Prop 40 Grant: $2M
Sac County CAMA Grant: $2.5M
SHRA Downtown BOnd: $8M
SHRA Tax Incerment: $1M
CRCIP Loan: $12M
Crocker Art Museum Association (CAMA): $44.1M
The new wing will be named the "Teel Family Pavilion"
Here is a cool rendering from Sactown Mag.
....and a couple others from the architects based out of NY, Gwathmey-Siegel.
Gwathmey-Siegel have quite a museums under their belt, including the Guggenheim.
This design is much more conventional than the Guggenheim design, not surprising though. I can see how some people in Sacramento would object to something a little too non-conventional given the historical nature of The Crocker and knowing how the preservation community can be on issues like that. The architect even mentioned in the Sactown Mag article how they had a rough go the first time before the design review from preservationists. There was no mention really of what those issues were though,so I don't know I would have sided with.
While I would have liked to have seen something maybe a little more daring, I think it's still a nice looking addition. Clean and straight forward. Most importantly though, once completed in spring 2010, The Crocker will have 100K more worth of exhibit space, cafe, store, meeting rooms and more.
There is a link to the city staff report for what looks like some last minutes details.
Crocker Art Museum Expansion and Renovation Project Staff Report