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"The New deYoung Museum" De Young Museum Tip by Callavetta

De Young Museum, San Francisco: 22 reviews and 77 photos


The de Young Museum was one of the buildings that fell victim to the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. Not that the building tumbled down in the shaker, or even sustained any noticiable damage. Rather the old structure was determined to be unsafe in one of the many inspections that followed the Quake.

One of the Cities great art museums, the deYoung originally founded in 1895, has hosted some of the world's best visiting exhibits. The most recent home of the museum was totally razed and is now ready to open its doors to the public once again.

Two failed bond measures left the project begging for money. Over 7,000 donors contributed over one hundred and fifty million dollars to make this project happen (no small fete in a community of less than 800,000 souls.

A world-wide search resulted in selecting Swiss designers and local architects. The facade is constructed of brass. Today the bright brass color stands out. The expectation is that in a couple of years the colors will mute into a green that will blend with the Golden Gate Park surroundings.

The footprint of the new museum is also slightly over half the footprint of the old building, but the internal space is larger. With windows and courtyards, the design attempts to bring in the outdoors and the plantlife. A tower observation floor renders 360 degree views of the park and the City. It's even possible to see the Golden Gate Bridge from the museum.

Limited opening (shops, restaurant, learning center) August 17. General opening October 15.

The Façade:
950,000 lbs of copper
300,000 lbs of glass
7,200 unique copper panels with 1,500,000 embossings

Address: 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive in Golden Gate Park
Directions: Located in the heart of Golden Gate Park, across from the Bandstand and next to the Japanese Tea Garden.
Phone: (415) 750-3600

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Aug 14, 2005
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