Thanks to leadership support from A. Bruce and Margaret Mainwaring and Dr. Charles K. Williams II, and with generous additional support from Barbara and Michael J. Kowalski, the Frederick J. Manning Family, Diane von Schlegell Levy and Robert M. Levy, and the 1956 Otto Haas Charitable Trust, in September 2010, the Penn Museum embarked on a major renovation of the West Wing of its original 1899 building.
The first phase of renovation, funding and underway, to be completed by January 2011, will include refurbishment of the Wing’s public galleries and the creation of a teaching laboratory for ceramic petrography. The addition of climate control throughout the Wing, together with replacement of the windows with historically accurate but airtight and energy efficient versions, will significantly enhance the Penn Museum visitor experience and provide greater protection and stability for the artifacts on display.
Through Destination 2012, Penn Museum seeks funding for a second phase, which will add the creation of a state-of-the-art suite of conservation labs and workspaces, including a large, central workspace, specialist labs for photography, mount-making, matting, packing, brazing and a shielded x-ray room, as well as several additional teaching and research labs, and a third phase, which will enable restoration of the historic and architecturally unique Widener Lecture Hall, which will return to its original function as a beautiful public event space after several decades of use as a behind-the-scenes preparation area for exhibitions.
All donors of $5,000 or more to the West Wing Renovation Project will be recognized outside the Wing’s Second Floor Galleries in the Museum’s Main Entrance. Spaces within the Wing may be named with gifts beginning at $300,000 (payable over up to five years.) For information on naming opportunities please contact Amanda Mitchell-Boyask.
Amanda Mitchell-Boyask, Director of Development