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To entrust the re-design of the museum in the hands of Frank Gehry could not be better. We are anxious to see the designs go to fruition in years to come. Through his genius, the museum will breath new life into an iconic institution.

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Larry and Anne - 8.20.2014 - 2:15 PM
Incredible work by Frank Gehry. I'm very excited by the amount of works that will be displayed. Any changes that wouldn't have been my first choice are overshadowed by the beauty, creativity and access to new works! This was a challenging decision and design and my hat's off to everyone involved.

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Beth - 8.20.2014 - 1:43 PM
This seems like its going to be awesome! Cant wait to see it in ten years-ish!P.s my real name isn't abfgern

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Abfgern - 8.20.2014 - 11:27 AM
I must add my voice to those who are disturbed by the staircase cut-out. These stairs are a beautiful and elegant public space as they stand today, and I believe their effectiveness is largely due to their simple, unaffected grandeur. Chopping it up adds nothing. I am not opposed to renovation in principle, but this particular aspect of the design is deeply troubling as it blatantly contradicts Mr. Gehry's ostensible goal to not destroy the museum's external neoclassical character. The front stairs are the first sight for most visitors to the museum; it is a representative place for the museum and for the city (and not just because of that boxing movie). If you destroy the original design, you will destroy a large part of what makes the museum what it is. Considering much lip-service has been given to the preservation of the museum's graceful facade, it shocks and saddens me that the stairs seem to be fair game for alteration. Mr. Gehry, you claim to respect and wish to preserve the museum's exterior: if this is truthful, please respect and preserve the stairs. They are as much a part of the museum's identity as the walls and columns.

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Ken - 8.19.2014 - 4:53 PM
The indentation in the stair cases looks like a great new place for the homeless to sleep! Let's try not to change the iconic staircase

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Anonymous - 8.19.2014 - 4:31 PM
I love the new design for renovating the museum, especially the auditorium and the east-facing stairs. I look forward to returning to the museum around 2030 (and - of course - many times in between) and being able to see straight into the new underground exhibition space. Good luck securing public opinion to support this re-design!

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Kristen - 8.19.2014 - 4:30 PM
I disagree that cutting up the museum staircase is an improvement for many reasons. The stairway is integral to the architecture of the entire building, and cutting it up destroys the original flow. What a few may say are "intimidating" is grand to many others. I would feel this way even if the stairs themselves weren't an attraction. Also, looking at the picture of the "hole in the stair design" is fine by itself, and would be lovely on a new building, and it does not fit the building. It looks like an addition, not an improvement. The altered staircase looks like an addition, and against the museum, I think it looks completely out of place. There is also respect for the character of Philadelphia---it would be a lot like taking William Penn off the top of City Hall, or replacing the chandelier in the Academy of Music with LED lights. Just as moving into the cold Kimmel Center destroyed local subscriptions to the Symphony, altering the view of the museum from the Parkway will reduce, not increase popular support for the museum. If space is needed, a new gallery space could probably still be dug out without vandalizing the staircase.Finally, there is the practical concern about maintaining the glass windows and cutouts. I think they will look clean and clear for a few years at most, then the weather (or people) will wear out the seals even if they aren't broken, and cost of disassembling them and replacing them will make the museum long for it's old stone steps. On the interior, be careful not to make it sterile. The pictures and renderings seem sterile, but they are not filled with art. Still, if it is too square and empty, it will also lose warmth. No matter how large and functional, if the building loses its exterior and interior warmth and character, it will not be the "great cultural heart" of the city. Like the Kimmel Center, there will probably have to be many more millions spent to try to create warmth if this design is not altered to be less destructive of what is here. The Kimmel was designed without warmth, but the current museum has a heartbeat and expresses the emotions of the city; be careful to not kill it.

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Lisa - 8.19.2014 - 4:20 PM
i like the museum so far:)

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erin miller - 8.19.2014 - 11:08 AM
It seems a shame to abandon the pediments... the city has been promised those since the museum was built. I'd love to see the museum commission at least one to parallel the current piece. It would be wonderful to see how tastes have developed and changed and to see what a contemporary artist would make of that classical space. I love the idea of a loft viewing space, but I hope that they remember that the traditions of neoclassicism ask for that symmetry

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Jane - 8.19.2014 - 10:25 AM
I would also love to see more use of the outside space in general. Outdoor seating for dining, open even to people who have not paid for museum admission would be a great use of a location that has great city and park views.

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Seth - 8.18.2014 - 5:26 PM
I think the idea of putting a glass atrium cut out into the Rocky Steps is fabulous. I know a lot of people are against this. I think it would be great.

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Seth - 8.18.2014 - 5:24 PM
Please don't deface the main pediment with those awful windows!!! Instead, the pediment (and all the others) should be filled with the gorgeous polychrome statuary groups that are long, long overdue.

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Ludwig - 8.18.2014 - 1:23 PM
Just not my type.. they have a variety of stuff, but i would rather spend my time listening to Eminem

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Chris - 8.17.2014 - 4:19 PM
Museum's new Gehry design is exciting and innovative. We like all phases of the plan including opening the East side to views of the city and the opportunity to see the art from the outside.

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Samuel and Linda Winn - 8.17.2014 - 3:41 PM
Having just done the vault tour, I recommend the full Gehry plan. The beauty of the ceiling and the opened walkways suggests how effective it would be to have more views of the city. Once people see the skyline from the corridors, they will wonder what there was to object to. Do it!

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Regina Bannan - 8.17.2014 - 3:24 PM
I think this design is wonderful. I especially like the cut-out in the "Rocky Stairs." I realize this may be very difficult to sell to Philadelphians; however the essence of the stairs remains. The overall design represents our evolution in understanding of space and the incorporation of natural light enhances an already exceptional architectural structure. Thanks.

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Magda Elias - 8.17.2014 - 3:20 PM
I so enjoyed seeing the new design for the museum. This is So overdue!! The place can be so magical if we allow more people to enjoy the magic within. As for the stairs, they are only iconic because of a 1970's boxing movie, important though it seems to be to other people. Philadelphia is a city of people, people who deserve to have art infiltrate every area of their lives. This design makes what was becoming a dinosaur a place for new discovery of old treasures for many generations to come. Change is good and this change will be magical

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Lee - 8.17.2014 - 3:04 PM
I very much enjoyed the Master plan with its combination of old architecture and increasing the light. The cut in the steps is absolutely brilliant and brings the inside of the museum to the outside, both encourage those inside the museum to look out and those on the outside of the museum to look it. I feel like the update would be remise without the cutout and I am very much looking forward to seeing it when it is complete!

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Sam - 8.17.2014 - 2:57 PM
i love all of the vases and art because it inspirers me!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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hannah - 8.17.2014 - 2:50 PM
I really enojoyed looking at the " Red " chair. I also had the urge to sit in it. LOL . { i didnt of course}

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Holley - 8.17.2014 - 2:43 PM

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