DEMOLITION OF THE DARNELL STREET AUDITORIUM SLATED FOR OCTOBER 19, 2015
DEMOLITION OF THE DARNELL STREET AUDITORIUM
SLATED FOR OCTOBER 19, 2015
FORT WORTH–On Monday, October 19, 2015, the Kimbell Art Foundation will begin demolition of the Darnell Auditorium, located in the parking lot adjacent to the Kimbell Art Museum and the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. The space has been inactive since the opening of the Kimbell Art Foundation’s second building in 2013. The project is estimated to take one month and will be managed by Sedalco Construction Services. During this time, art museum visitors will continue to have access to free parking in the Darnell Street lot.
The Darnell Street property was home to the Fort Worth Independent School District Administrative complex, including the Darnell Auditorium, until the offices were relocated to 100 University Drive in 1993. The Kimbell Art Foundation purchased the land in 1998 and subsequently demolished the administrative offices to add greatly needed, free art museum visitor parking for both the Kimbell and the Modern. The 292-seat Darnell Auditorium was updated for Museum use in 2000 to accommodate increased Kimbell program participation, which had long surpassed the capacity of the Museum’s 180-seat Kahn Building auditorium.
The Darnell Auditorium has not been used for Kimbell programming since the 2013 opening of the Renzo Piano Pavilion, with its natural light–filled, 289-seat auditorium. The new Piano Auditorium was built with excellent acoustics for music and installed with state-of-the art equipment to support museum programming including lectures, films, and performances.
The Foundation is considering parking lot improvements for the near future. Plans are still in development and will be made available upon completion.
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Jessica Brandrup, ext. 241, or
Head of Marketing and Public Relations
Kimbell Art Museum