Louis I. Kahn is commissioned as Kimbell architect

Richard F. Brown, the Kimbell’s first director, wanted a building that was not only functional, but also architecturally significant, “definitive of twentieth-century style.” Though he considered several potential architects, including I. M. Pei and Mies van der Rohe, Brown was persuaded that Louis I. Kahn should be the architect of the new museum, and the board of directors accepted his decision. A formal contract for Kahn to design the building with the assistance of the local architectural firm Preston M. Geren and Associates was signed on October 5, 1966.

Caption: Louis I. Kahn, March 16, 1974

Wednesday, October 5, 1966