The Barnes Foundation is embarking on a multimillion-dollar project to boost the institution's educational and culinary experiences, including the addition of 4,000 square feet of space and changes to the restaurant that will add an open-kitchen concept.
Located on Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the institution this month will begin construction on a $5.8 million project that includes what will be called the Garden Pavilion, a 4,000-square-foot facility that will provide an additional space for Barnes-de Mazia education and K–12 classes, officials announced Thursday afternoon.
It will also be a space for special programming for Barnes Foundation members, community group meetings and public programs like seminars and lectures. The pavilion will include additional dining space too.
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Slated for a summer 2017 completion, the Garden Pavilion will be located on the northeast corner of the Barnes Foundation, closest to Pennsylvania Avenue and 21st Street and adjacent to the institution's Garden Restaurant.
Garden Pavilion will be accessible through the restaurant's outdoor dining space and through the Annenberg Court.
Officials wanted to “carefully assess how it would best advance our public mission” before it began, according to Peg Zminda, Barnes executive vice president, CFO and COO, who said officials had considered the project for some time.
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