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Menil’s Newest Building Continues to Take Shape

The Menil Drawing Institute is expected to transform the 30-acre campus in Montrose.

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  • Drawing Room looking west through open doors to the Scholarship Courtyard (Photo Credit: Courtesy of Johnston Marklee / Igor Brozyna )
    Drawing Room looking west through open doors to the Scholarship Courtyard (Photo Credit: Courtesy of Johnston Marklee / Igor Brozyna )
  • Exhibition gallery space (Photo Credit: Courtesy of Johnston Marklee / Igor Brozyna )
    Exhibition gallery space (Photo Credit: Courtesy of Johnston Marklee / Igor Brozyna )
  • Library looking west through open doors to the Drawing Room (Photo Credit: Courtesy of Johnston Marklee / Igor Brozyna )
    Library looking west through open doors to the Drawing Room (Photo Credit: Courtesy of Johnston Marklee / Igor Brozyna )
  • The new Energy House, Cy Twombly Gallery, and the Menil Drawing Institute as viewed from the south side of an extended West Main Street 
 (Photo Credit: Courtesy of Johnston Marklee / Igor Brozyna )
    The new Energy House, Cy Twombly Gallery, and the Menil Drawing Institute as viewed from the south side of an extended West Main Street (Photo Credit: Courtesy of Johnston Marklee / Igor Brozyna )
  • Progress of Menil Drawing Institute as of November 2016. The building is expected to open in fall 2017.
    Progress of Menil Drawing Institute as of November 2016. The building is expected to open in fall 2017.
  • Progress of Menil Drawing Institute as of November 2016. The building is expected to open in fall 2017.
    Progress of Menil Drawing Institute as of November 2016. The building is expected to open in fall 2017.
  • Progress of Menil Drawing Institute as of November 2016. The building is expected to open in fall 2017.
    Progress of Menil Drawing Institute as of November 2016. The building is expected to open in fall 2017.
  • Progress of Menil Drawing Institute as of November 2016. The building is expected to open in fall 2017.
    Progress of Menil Drawing Institute as of November 2016. The building is expected to open in fall 2017.
  • Progress of Menil Drawing Institute as of November 2016. The building is expected to open in fall 2017.
    Progress of Menil Drawing Institute as of November 2016. The building is expected to open in fall 2017.
  • Progress of Menil Drawing Institute as of November 2016. The building is expected to open in fall 2017.
    Progress of Menil Drawing Institute as of November 2016. The building is expected to open in fall 2017.
  • Progress of Menil Drawing Institute as of November 2016. The building is expected to open in fall 2017.
    Progress of Menil Drawing Institute as of November 2016. The building is expected to open in fall 2017.

The skeleton of steel beams is up, but it's still difficult to imagine how the new Menil Drawing Institute will look when construction is done. But to get a better visualization, the Menil’s Sheryl Kolasinski holds up a tablet with images of the renderings as she walks into each space.

Construction began in March of 2015 and Kolasinski says they've passed the halfway mark. But much of it is the stuff people won't see.

"There's a full basement with all of the art storage, there's a mechanical plant," she says. "There's the central plant that will provide the heating and cooling for not only this building but the Twombly building and the main museum building."

Inside, the plumbing and electrical systems are up and running. Outside, there's a new street. "The block of West Main St. that runs in front of the drawing institute was never there before," Kolasinski explains. "It's such an interesting sight."

That new block will provide more on-street parking and space for trees and sidewalks. The building is part of a $115 million master plan for the Menil Campus. It's set to open next fall.

 

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