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Opening Spaces: Chapel Restoration and Site Development

Monday, March 4, 2019
at 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM on Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Opening Spaces Campaign and Temporary Chapel Closure

Opening Spaces is a vital capital project focused on enriching the Rothko Chapel experience by preserving the Chapel as a unique public art site and spiritual space, and featuring a new north campus and expanded green spaces. 

In June 2017 the master site plan was approved by the Board of Directors. Over the next twelve months the Chapel collaborated with design partners to develop an innovative and holistic architectural, landscaping and lighting intervention that pays tribute to the Chapel's original design while addressing critical infrastructure needs. The design approach and materials for the Opening Spaces project were informed by a year-long feasibilty study guided by the goals of the project and the founders' original intent. This process involved extensive historical research; interviews and consultations with a wide range of primary sources; analysis of existing building conditions; investigations into the building's construction and previous interventions; community conversations and feedback; and the preparation of numerous rehabilitation and planning options. Central to the project are sustainability plans and efforts to ensure the landmark's future for generations to come. 

For more information on the Chapel restoration and Opening Spaces masterplan developments click here.

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project partners

Principal Architect: Architecture Research Office
​Lighting Designer: George Sexton Associates
​Landscape Architect: Nelson Byrd Woltz
Project Manager: The Projects Group
Construction Manager: Linbeck Group

event location

  • Rothko Chapel

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