Tuesdayâ€™s news that an ambitious renovation will transform the East Building of the National Gallery of Art came with lots of numbers. Hereâ€™s what the East Gallery looks like now, and here is what itâ€™s expected to look like after construction is complete.
1978 Opening of the East Building, designed by famed architect I.M. Pei, shepherding the Gallery into the modern museum era.
3 years of renovations expected, beginning in Jan. of 2014.
12,260 square feet of new exhibition space will be added.
10-foot ceilings display drawings, prints and photos ground level currently in the East Building.
35-foot high Tower Galleries currently accommodate larger installations.
2 new Tower Galleries, hexagonal in shape, will be carved out of the lay-light areas between the ceiling of the upper level galleries used for exhibitions and the skylights above them, and they will reachÂ 23-feet-high.
$30 million in private donations for the renovation came from three gifts from prominent area philanthropists; National Gallery President Victoria Sant and her husband, Roger; board member Mitchell Rales and his wife, Emily: and David Rebenstein, co-chief executive of the Carlyle Group, the D.C.-based private-equity firm.
2,965 square-feet of added public space in the northwest pod Tower Gallery at the corner of Fourth Street and Pennsylvania.
3,190 square-feet of added space inÂ northeast pod near Third Street.
4.2 million people visited the National Gallery of Art last year.
929,646 visited the East Building.