August 11, 2005
The Board of Trustees of The Parrish
Art Museum in Southampton, New York in early August announced
its selection of Swiss-based Herzog & de Meuron to design
its new building. The new Parrish, scheduled to open in 2009,
will be constructed on a recently-purchased fourteen-acre
site in the hamlet of Water Mill, two miles from the Museums
current site, in the Village of Southampton. The new building
will comprise about 80,000 square feet of space, including
about 14,000 square feet of galleries.
The Parrish, formed in 1898, is Long
Island's oldest museum. Its collection includes many American
Impressionist paintings, as well as more recent works by Jackson
Pollock, Willem de Kooning, and Chuck Close. Its current space,
measuring about 17,000 square feet, had posed severe limitations
on exhibits, public programming, and technological infrastructure.