The fifty-three galleries of the new Art of the Americas Wing are arranged chronologically over four levels. From the outset, the design of the gallery spaces allowed for flexibility: services could be moved to accommodate large objects; or a glazed panel in the facade aligned with the window of a period room installation. The resulting interiors are uncompromising in their detail, responsive to the works on display. A niche in the ceiling of a first floor gallery, for example, allows one of the largest and most significant paintings – The Passage of the Delaware by Thomas Sully – to be seen in the context of the Americas collection for the first time. The project also embraced the painstaking restoration of historic parts of the museum, including intricate period room installations, which were refurbished using traditional finishes.

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  • Appointment: 1999
  • Completion: 2010
  • Client: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
  • Collaborating Architect: Childs Bertman Tseckares Inc

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