The back third of the Menil-owned Richmont Square Apartments has now been cleared away. Left to dispose of: a below-grade swimming pool in the middle of the lot, plus a garage apartment behind the DaCamera building at 1427 Branard St., next door to the Menil’s Cy Twombly gallery. Swamplot reader and artist Bob Russell takes a break from creating his own satellite-imagery-inspired drawings to send in the above quick ground-level panorama of the sketchy spot where Johnston Marklee’s low-slung $40 million Menil Drawing Institute will be mapped out and filled in.
The street entrance to the new 30,150-sq.-ft. structureÂ with cedar-plank siding and a white steel-plate roofÂ will be along W. Main St., which will be extended a block east through the area shown.
- Previously on Swamplot:Â Here Is Johnston Markleeâ€™s Light and Dark Design for the Menil Drawing Institute;Â Menil Drawing New Drawing Institute onto â€˜Back Thirdâ€™ of Richmont Square,Â Â Johnston Markleeâ€™s Small, Thin Courtyard Building for Drawings at the Menil,Â New Menil Building Likely Going South,Â Replacing Richmont Square: The Low Cost, Bohemian Option,Â The Menil Looks at Richmond,Â What the New Collection of Menil Collections Might Look Like
Photo: Bob Russell. Site plan: Menil Collection/Johnston Marklee