Menil to break ground on 30,000-SF Institute in HoustonMenil to break ground on 30,000-SF Institute in Houstonhttps://www.recenter.tamu.edu/news/newstalk-texas/?Item=14212015-03-27T13:22:00Z2015-03-26T00:00:00Z

HOUSTON - The Menil Collection will break ground on the 30,150-sf Menil Drawing Institute — its first new art building in almost 20 years.

The drawing institute will be part of a $40 million initial phase of construction on a 2009 master plan for the expansion of the campus.

Also included in the first phase will be a new energy house to power the main art buildings, new green space and the extension of West Main St. around the institute on a block that currently dead-ends.

The drawing institute will include a gallery and space for the study, preservation, research and storage of drawings, making it the first of its kind in the United States solely devoted to the medium.

This will be the first new art building in the Menil Collection since the Byzantine Fresco Chapel, which originally opened in 1997 and recently reopened as a space for site-specific installations after being closed since 2012, when the frescoes were returned to Cyprus.

West Main St. is expected to be complete this year. The Menil Drawing Institute is expected to open mid-2017.

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