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ELMHURST ART MUSEUM’S HIGHLY ANTICIPATED RESTORATION OF MIES VAN DER ROHE McCORMICK HOUSE FACADE TO BE COMPLETE IN JUNE 2018
Historically significant mid-century modern house and museum gallery unveiled with attention-getting Seeing Red ‘intervention;’ also opening in June will be complementary exhibition, Mies’s McCormick House Revealed: New Views
(February 20, 2018) The Elmhurst Art Museum proudly announced today that the highly anticipated restoration of the original facade of Mies van der Rohe’s McCormick House (1952) will be unveiled in June 2018. The iconic carport entrance of this historically significant building -- one of only three singlefamily houses built by Mies in the U.S. -- will be visible for the first time in more than 20 years, having been obscured by an addition connecting it to the Museum since 1997. Elmhurst’s Heritage Architecture Studio is working with Elmhurst Art Museum Executive Director John McKinnon to oversee the historic preservation by Berglund Construction. This unveiling marks a major transformation of the house, and one part of a multi-phase restoration plan which will continue with the interior at a later date.
“Through this restoration, the Elmhurst Art Museum aims to honor and revitalize the original designs by Mies van der Rohe, while better educating and inspiring generations to come,” said McKinnon. “As the only contemporary art center in the U.S. that oversees a building designed by Mies, we have a unique responsibility and programming opportunity. Each of our rotating exhibitions, talks, and other programs build on the legacy of the house in a new way. This aspect of the Museum’s mission will be more visible after the construction.”