Chrysler Museum of Art


Chrysler Museum of Art (1989)

Chrysler Museum
Norfolk, VA

The architects' charge was to improve the museum's exterior appearance, clarify its circulation, renovate 40,800 square feet of its exhibition space, and add 3,000 square feet for new galleries. The main entrance was shifted back to the original location facing the Hague Canal, and the original arched entrance loggia, which had been bricked shut, was reopened. The architects balanced the entry elevation with a new wing of galleries and a second tower to the north, matching those to the south, and wrapped the new additions in limestone in the style of the original structure. Finally, the architects concealed a 1974 brutalist addition with a new library wing.