St. Louis Art Museum debuts $160 million expansion

Sunday, June 23, 2013 | 8:28 p.m. CDT

ST. LOUIS — The St. Louis Art Museum is preparing to debut a $160-million expansion.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the public will get the first look June 29 at the new East Building.

British architect David Chipperfield designed the 210-square-foot building, with its dark polished facade, skylights and concrete coffers. It's Gold LEED-certified, features 21 galleries, an underground garage, a restaurant and a gift shop. The project also includes new classrooms, flooring and updated galleries in the main and south buildings.

There's also $30 million to pay for increased operating costs.

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