After a 3-year delay, construction is ready to begin on the new Sicardi Gallery at 1506 West Alabama, catty-corner from the Houston Center for Photography at Mulberry St. and across the street from the Menil parking lot. A groundbreaking ceremony was held yesterday. There’s been at least one design change from Brave Architecture’s earlier versions of the project: The latest rendering (above) shows a large window in the building’s formerly blank south-facing forehead, looking onto the parking lot in front.
- Previously on Swamplot: A New Sicardi Gallery Exhibit
Rendering: Brave Architecture
That’s the making of a gorgeous block…
What will happen to the old gallery (which is a cool mod structure on Richmond–with very limited parking)?
I think you must mean it’s catty-corner to the center for photography center if you believe the redundant local signage.
The gallery is currently housed in a building on Richmond Ave., just east of Kirby but will relocate to its new building on Alabama (across the street from the Menil parking lot) next Spring.
This is no more original than a Centex cracker box.
RE My Mod House comment, priceless! May I use that from time to time?
Robert, they don’t own their current space, so it will probably just be leased out to someone else (unless McClain is looking to expand).
Can’t they be more creative with the design of the building? Boring! I thought Photography is supposed to be art?
I have followed this story with thrillful anticipation– but doesn’t that design seem disappointingly “Brutalist”?
I dig the shape and the proportions, but without windows it looks like a telephone switching facility, or a sewage sub-station in an upscale neighborhood
I look at it and I just don’t get it…….must be good art!