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MoMA

ARCHITECTURAL CHRONOLOGY

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1929 | The Museum of Modern Art opens in the Heckscher Building (corner of Fifth Avenue and 57 Street). Six rooms rented for galleries and offices.

1932 | Museum moves to townhouse at 11 West 53 Street (part of present site).

1939 | International Style building, designed by Philip L. Goodwin and Edward Durell Stone, opens at 11 West 53 Street location. The building is the Museum's first permanent home.

1951 | Grace Rainey Rogers Annex, designed by Philip Johnson, opens at 21 West 53 Street, adjacent to the original 1939 building (razed in 1979 to make room for the new west wing).

1953 | The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden, designed by Philip Johnson, is dedicated. Acquisition of building at 27 West 53 Street.

1956 | Acquisition of building at 23 West 53 Street for use as offices. Becomes Museum Bookstore II in 1972 (later razed to build 1984 west wing).

1960 | Two townhouses, Nos. 5-7 West 53 Street, donated to the Museum (later razed to make room for the east wing).

1963 | Acquisition of the Whitney Museum building at 20 West 54 Street (known as north wing).

1964 | Opening of east wing and garden wing and enlarged sculpture garden. Project designed by Philip Johnson.

1980 | Construction begins on the west wing and Museum Tower, built over parcel formerly occupied by 21-35 West 53 Street.

1984 | New west wing, designed by Cesar Pelli & Associates, and renovated and improved Museum facilities open. West wing doubles exhibition space and adds a new film theater and two floors of offices. Other improvements include a four-story, glass-enclosed garden hall overlooking the sculpture garden and housing Museum circulation; two new restaurants in the expanded garden wing; and a completely refurbished sculpture garden.

1989 | Museum Design Store opens (in leased property) at 44 West 53 Street.

1996 | Acquisition of the Dorset Hotel at 30 West 54 Street and two adjacent townhouses at 42 West 54 Street and 41 West 53 Street for future expansion.

Celeste Bartos Film Preservation Center dedicated in Hamlin, PA.

1997 | Yoshio Taniguchi selected as architect for the new Museum of Modern Art.

1999 | Purchase of Swingline Staple Factory in Long Island City, Queens.

2000 | Demolition begins for building project.

2001 | Construction on new Museum of Modern Art begins.
MoMA opens The MoMA Design Store, Soho, at 81 Spring Street.

2002 | The Museum opens MoMA QNS, its temporary new home in Long Island City. Designed by Cooper, Robertson & Partners of New York. Lobby and roofscape designed in collaboration with Michael Maltzan Architecture of Los Angeles.

2004 | The new Museum of Modern Art opens in Manhattan.