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Herzog & de Meuron to Build Museum in Long Island

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 Museum’s 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.

Sam Lubell