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Laguna Gloria breaks ground on new pavilion

First phase of $6 million master plan

Villa-style building, pinkish
The Contemporary Austin at Laguna Gloria
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As part of a master plan to transform its 14-acre Laguna Gloria site, The Contemporary Austin has broken ground on a new pavilion and other improvements meant to transform the entrance to the museum’s grounds, Austin arts and culture website Sightlines reported last week.

Located in a lakeside villa built in 1916 and donated in 1945 by Texas legend Clara Driscoll, the Laguna Gloria site of Contemporary Austin includes the well-regarded Betty and Edward Marcus Sculpture Park. The Master Plan is being designed by Boston-based landscape architects Reed Hilderbrand.

The first stage of the project, which will take place over several years, is budgeted to cost $6 million, according to Sightlines; that phase will include a complete revamp of the entrance to the grounds, including a new entrance pavilion with a visitor admissions kiosk, a retail space, an outdoor café, additional restrooms, and extended canopies to povide shaded areas with seating for museum visitors.

Sightlines editor and founder Jeanne Claire van Ryzin, the Austin American-Statesman’s longtime arts critic, reported that the minimalist pavilion will be designed in a by New Orleans’s Trahan Architects of New Orleans and that the new entrance will include a sculptural installation into the streetscape along West 35th Street by artist Jessica Stockholder.

The structure, called Moody Pavilions in honor of a $3 million grant from the Moody Foundation, is expected to take one year to complete, Van Ryzin reported, and improvements will include creating sidewalks and parking spaces along West 35th Street.

The Contemporary Austin breaks ground on Laguna Gloria master plan [Sightlines]