A look at the expanded Gardner museum
The $114 million steel, glass, and copper-clad addition to Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum includes a new music hall, gallery space, and other amenities for an institution that has remained largely unaltered since opening in 1903.
Visitors will enter through a front door on Evans Way into a first floor of glass and light with views of the gardens, greenhouses and original museum.
Inspired by a project of artist-in-residence Lee Mingwei in 2000, this space will have a domestic aesthetic that echoes the essence of Isabella Stewart Gardner's palazzo, where personal and public spaces blended.
Area: 1,100 square feet
Special Exhibition Gallery
This soaring place includes an antegallery for light-sensitive objects. A movable translucent ceiling can be positioned to fit the size of specific art exhibits.
Main gallery area: 1,500 square feet; antegallery: 500 square feet
Visitors will walk through an enclosed, transparent corridor shaded by a grove of trees to get from the new wing to the original mansion.
The Gardner cafe will reopen in a larger indoor and outdoor space with seating for about 120 people and an enhanced kitchen. Area: 1,800 square feet
Calderwood Performance Hall
The new concert space has about 300 seats: two rows at floor level, and single rows in each of three balconies, all surrounding a central stage. Area: 6,000 square feet
Greenhouses and newly designed gardens reflect Isabella Stewart Gardner's passion for horticulture and the art of landscape. Area: 1,650 square feet
Two apartments above the greenhouses, with a sloping glass façade, will be available for artists-in-residence. Area: 600 square feet per apartment