By Lanie Rivera
Some of Washington’s well-known philanthropic investors contributed funds to add new galleries, expand the building’s exhibition space by approximately 12,260 square feet and create a rooftop sculpture garden overlooking Pennsylvania Avenue.
The construction will gradually close the building’s modern art galleries as of this July, but the atrium and office buildings will remain open. Renovation will begin January 2014, just as the facility’s infrastructure remodel finishes.
The National Gallery campus buildings have been under construction since 1999, beginning with the reconstruction of the West Building’s infrastructure. Following that project, the building underwent a two-year renovation that ended in 2009.
Built in 1978, the East Building will follow suit with its much needed renovation project.
Currently, the National Gallery of Art is repairing the East Building’s marble facade with $80 million of congressional funds. The marble began to fall away from the building, and in 2011 the gallery finally received the attention it needed. The new facade is expected to be finished by the end of this year.
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