In February 2010, the Pack Square Conservancy gave its approval of the Asheville Art Museum’s design of a new glass structure that will serve as both a giant window onto the heart of downtown and an inviting entrance into the museum.
A large glass wall is the biggest outward change to the museum on Pack Square, but it’s just one part of a multi-million dollar renovation plan that will double the museum’s space in the Pack Place art center from 24,400 square feet to 50,900 square feet. The museum plans to transform its promenade, increase its permanent exhibition space and add a rooftop sculpture garden and cafe.
The plans call for the museum to move into the space now occupied by The Health Adventure science and health education center for children. The Health Adventure is currently building a new home for itself on Broadway called Momentum.
Work on the museum is scheduled to start about a year from now, and should be complete in 2013. The museum has been communicating with area businesses about construction plans. Downtown businesses have been affected by years of construction on the new $20 million Pack Square Park.
Click here to download a PDF of the museum’s announcement of its expansion plans.