New Architects for Dartmouth Museum Announced

Today, Dartmouth College announced that it has selected Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects to design a major expansion and renovation of its Hood Museum of Art. The museum is one of the oldest (created in 1772) and largest (70,000 objects) college museums in the US but its current builing, designed by Charles Moore and Chad Floyd of Centerbrook Architects, opened in 1985. 

The Hood’s expansion and renovation, according to the college, is an integral component of the creation of Dartmouth’s new Arts District, encompassing the neighboring Hopkins Center for the Arts and the new Black Family Visual Arts Center, designed by Machado and Silvetti and opening in September 2012.

“The Hood Museum of Art adds a critical dimension to scholarship and research by students and faculty in the arts, and spurs creativity in the work of every department and discipline at Dartmouth,” said President Jim Yong Kim. “Tod Williams and Billie Tsien, whose buildings so well reflect the mission of the organizations for which they are created, are the perfect partners as we look to expand and enhance the Hood’s presence, both nationally and internationally.”

The expanded museum facility will create new exhibition, educational, office, and public spaces in support of the Hood’s mission as a teaching museum. New galleries will incorporate display spaces for African art, Aboriginal Australian art, modern and contemporary art, Native American art, and works on paper, none of which are on view at present due to space limitations.