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October 21, 1997

Volume 44, Number 9

For the Museum, A $15.5 Million East Wing

Last week at the University Museum, Director Jeremy Sabloff and friends unveiled both the design of a new wing for the protection and study of collections, and the public phase of the campaign to raise its $15.5 million cost. To date, $8 million has already been given or pledged to the "Campaign for the East Wing," by members of the Board of Overseers, other patrons, and a number of foundations. The 35,000-square-foot East Wing will create a state-of-the-art storage both to protect the Museum's priceless objects and to make them more accessible for study. The East Wing was designed by Atkin, Olshin, Lawson-Bell and Associates Architects to complete the enclosure of the Sharp Entrance. Working with the architects will be Olin Partnership Landscape Architects, who have set out to rehabilitate the courtyard and create a park-like garden space in the last remaining site of the Museum's original 1895 master plan developed by Wilson Eyre, Jr.

Left to right at the unveiling of the University Museum's Campaign for the East Wing, right: Provost Stanley Chodorow; Bruce Mainwaring, chair of the Museum Expansion Committee; Dr. Sabloff, the Charles K. Williams II Director of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, and Jane Lawson-Bell of Atkin, Olshin, Lawson-Bell and Associates Architects.


Photos by Jennifer Gibson