NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — The Whitney Museum of American Art has broken ground on the site of its future home in downtown Manhattan.
The groundbreaking ceremony for the $720 million museum on Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District was attended by its architect, Renzo Piano, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and other dignitaries.
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The asymmetrical design at the entrance to the High Line elevated park is projected to open in 2015. The new building will include more than 50,000 square feet of indoor galleries and 13,000 square feet of outdoor exhibition space on a series of rooftops facing the High Line.
The building will also house an education center and a 170-seat theater.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg said it will strengthen the area’s ongoing revitalization.
“The new Whitney Museum will be New York City’s newest world-class cultural destination in one of the City’s most dynamic and distinctive locations,” said Bloomberg.
The museum has occupied its current Madison Avenue building since 1966.
The museum was founded by heiress Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney. It has 18,000 American artworks from the 20th and 21st centuries.
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