Museum History Interactive Timeline

1995 Groundbreaking of new wing and restoration of historic building

Polshek & Partners of New York won the architectural competition for the Center, with Richard Olcott as principal designer, and the groundbreaking ceremony took place on October 26, 1995. A topping-off celebration in August 1997 marked the completion of the project’s structural-steel phase. Work crews went on to beat the El Niño odds and finished the roofs on the buildings before the worst of the winter storms of 1997–98 drove them indoors.