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From April 13 through July 8, 2007, an exhibition documenting
the ongoing restoration of Frank Lloyd Wrights
architectural masterpiece on Fifth Avenue will be on
view at the Guggenheim Museum. The multimedia presentation
includes photographs, drawings, computer-generated images,
and informative videotaped interviews with key members
of the restorations design team and with Peter
B. Lewis, lead donor for this restoration, as well as
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Cultural Affairs Commissioner
Kate D. Levin, and Chairman of the Landmarks Preservation
Commission Robert B. Tierney.
restoration of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum is made
possible through the generous support of Peter B. Lewis,
the Board of Trustees of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation,
and the City of New York under the auspices of Mayor
Michael R. Bloomberg, the City Council, and the Department
of Cultural Affairs.
2004, the Guggenheim Museum commenced a comprehensive
restoration to address the preservation of its historic
facade, which has been plagued with surface cracks almost
since it opened in 1959. As the landmark building approaches
its 50th anniversary, a team of highly experienced professionals
have utilized the latest technology to assess the extent
of the buildings deterioration in order to determine
the best method with which to make repairs.
exhibition explores in detail all aspects of the restoration,
including skylight and window replacement, repair of
the cracking curved exterior walls, application of a
new exterior coating, and reinforcement of walls on
upper rotunda levels. Also presented are documentation
of the design teams systematic building evaluation,
including an unprecedented analysis of the rotunda structure,
laboratory and field investigation of possible repair
materials, and a detailed environmental analysis to
determine adequate repair methods. We have never
conducted such an in-depth study of any building,
said Robert Silman of Robert Silman Associates, PC,
structural engineer for the restoration. The results
of our monitoring, observations, and design initiatives
have produced a final product that will result in a
very durable buildingalmost an exact replica of
Lloyd Wrights Guggenheim Museum: Restoring a Masterpiece
was organized by Mónica Ramírez-Montagut,
Assistant Curator of Architecture and Design, Solomon
R. Guggenheim Museum, in consultation with Amanda Thomas
Trienens, Integrated Conservation Resources, Inc.; Angel
Ayón, Wank Adams Slavin Associates LLP; and Nancy
Hudson, Robert Silman Associates, PC.
Guggenheim Museum Building History
Frank Lloyd Wright, Americas preeminent architect,
designed the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museumhis major
commission in New Yorkfrom 1943 through 1956.
Built by Euclid Contracting Corporation under the direction
of George N. Cohen from 1956 through 1959 at an estimated
cost of $24 million, the Guggenheim was, when
it opened, as much a marvel of construction as it was
of design. The floor slab of the buildings signature
spiraling ramp was formed of poured reinforced concrete;
most of the outer walls were made by spraying layers
of shotcrete (a mixture of sand and cement) from within
the building, through steel reinforcements, against
plywood formwork. The outer surfaces were then painted
with an ivory-colored vinyl plastic skin called a cocoon.
the building opened in October 1959, seven months after
Wrights death, it created a sensation; more than
16,000 people visited it on the first Sunday after it
opened its doors. In the intervening years, it has been
acclaimed by architects and critics around the world
as one of the greatest buildings of the 20th century.
On August 14, 1990, the New York City Landmarks Preservation
Commission designated the museum as a landmark. At the
time, it was the youngest building in the history of
the city to be honored with such a designation. In 2005,
the building was named to the National Register of Historic
Places and the New York State Register of Historic Places.
In September 2005, scaffolding was erected to facilitate
the analysis of the buildings surface and initiate
the restoration process. It is expected that the scaffolding
will come down and that the restoration of the facade
will be completed in 2008.
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
- Art Museum Contact Details
1071 Fifth Avenue (at 89th Street)
New York, NY.
United States of America
tel: 212 423 3500
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