SAH Heritage Conservation Committee | Jun 13, 2016
Mr. John Stomberg, Ph.D., Virginia Rice Kelsey 1961 Director Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College (13 June 2016)
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Charles Moore’s addition to the Hood Museum, completed in 1985, connected the late 19th century, Romanesque Wilson Hall with Wallace K. Harrison’s Hopkins Center for the Performing Arts, completed in 1962. Moore also created a ceremonial entrance gateway, which functions as the connection between the two older buildings and Moore’s addition. The proposed $50 million renovation, scheduled for completion in January 2019, proposes to expand the exhibition capacity of the museum, in part by inserting a new structure into a covered concourse with a new entrance facing the campus green.
Our concern arises from the fact that the plan will obliterate Moore’s concourse and remove Moore’s entrance gateway, a distinctive composition reflective of the restrained Postmodernism Moore exhibited at the Hood Museum. Moore’s design created a carefully considered sequence of spaces, beginning on Dartmouth Green and continuing through the museum, which will be eliminated by this renovation. We believe that Charles Moore’s additions to the Hood Museum are of national significance, and their removal or inappropriate alteration would be a tragic loss.
The proposed design is under construction.