Monday, March 09, 2009

Gardner buildings slated for demolition
















Here are photos of the carriage house and greenhouses that leaders of the Gardner Museum plan to tear down as part of their planned renovation and expansion of the Boston institution. Last week the Massachusetts Supreme Court ruled that the project was within the bounds of Isabella Stewart Gardner’s will and can go forward.

The top photo show’s Gardner’s Italianate palazzo (right), which will remain but will have a hole cut through a wall to create a new entrance into the building, and the carriage house (in the trees at left) that will be demolished. The second photo shows the carriage house. The third photo shows the carriage house again and (at left) the back of the palazzo. The fourth photo shows the carriage house and the greenhouses. The last photo shows the greenhouses.

Photos by The New England Journal of Aesthetic Research.



3 Comments:

Anonymous jean cozzens said...

man, that carriage house is one of the weirdest/awesomest buildings I have ever seen.... nice facade! it's too bad they haven't figured out a creative way to incorporate it into the new addition...

March 10, 2009 at 4:04 AM  
Anonymous Thomas Garvey said...

Too bad about the carriage house, it looks kind of interesting!

March 10, 2009 at 4:30 PM  
Blogger Pat said...

The director of the museum should resign for proposing this sort of thing. The Gardner museum was to be maintained exactly as it was, not bastardized. Might as well draw a mustache on the Mona Lisa, or piss on a Picasso. To think the greenhouses and carriage houses aren't to be considered part of the house is ridiculous.

May 17, 2009 at 12:03 AM  

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