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BMA Renovation

Updated: Friday, July 11 2014, 06:00 PM EDT
On Wednesday evening, I was invited to a reception at the Baltimore Museum of Art to preview the renovations that are going on there in the main galleries to help mark the 100th anniversary of the founding of the institution. Board director Stiles Colwill was on hand to welcome everyone and to talk about the project, and how it is returning this part of the museum to the original vision of its renowned architect, John Russell Pope. Over wine and canapes (including some wonderful mini quiches and deviled eggs), we were educated about the scope of the project and the gala ball that will kickoff the anniversary in November. (Most of the attendees will also be a part of the party committee that will be hosting a "late night" party that evening after the formal seated dinner.) After photographer Dennis Drenner coralled everyone for a group portrait in the Atrium Court, I chatted with museum director Doreen Bolger, as well as noted local interior designer Alex Baer. Then it was time to don a hardhat and get a walking tour through the ongoing renovations being carried out in the main galleries and the Fox Court, one of my favorite spaces in the building. (When the museum opened to the public in 1929, visitors climbed a set of regal steps approaching the main entrance, and entered through this columned court. Years later, this main entrance was sealed off, and visitors routed through a lower-level side entrance, completely negating the experience of entering the museum as was intended by Pope.) Now this entrance will be restored, along with the main galleries, which are reverting to their original flooring and look, along with improved lighting and period-correct colors. Also taking the tour with me were Meg Fairfax Fielding, Jennifer Martin, Amy Burke, Roswell Encina, Suzy Dunn, and Jeremy Batoff. We're all looking forward to the project's completion and the gala in November. After leaving the hardhat tour, I hustled down to dinner at the brand new Aggio, chef Bryan Voltaggio's new Italian restaurant in Power Plant Live downtown. I'll save my thoughts on that for another post...

(Shown above: Stiles Colwill explains the renovations in the Fox Court.)BMA Renovation

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