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Project Leadership

H. F. Gerry Lenfest, Chairman of the Board of Trustees
Raymond G. Perelman, Chairman of the Executive Committee and Chairman Emeritus
Anne d’Harnoncourt, George D. Widener Director and CEO
Gail Harrity, Chief Operating Officer
Robert Morrone, Director of Facilities and Operations
George Ross, Manager of Capital Projects
Perelman Building Architect: Gluckman Mayner Architects
Construction Manager: L. F. Driscoll Co.

Gluckman Mayner Architects

As principal of Gluckman Mayner Architects, Richard Gluckman has been responsible for such distinctive museum projects as the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, New Mexico (1996); the renovation and expansion of the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York (1998); the Mori Art Center in Tokyo, Japan (2003); the conversion of the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (1994); and the Museo Picasso in Malaga, Spain (2004). The Gluckman Mayner-designed Museum of Modern Art Design and Book Stores opened in the new MoMA facility in New York City in November 2004.

In addition to museum and gallery spaces, Gluckman has also designed studio spaces for such artists as Ellsworth Kelly, Chuck Close, Richard Serra, and Francesco Clemente. Collaborating with the Philadelphia Museum of Art on a variety of projects over many years, the firm worked on the design and installation of the Brancusi (1995) and Cézanne (1996) exhibitions, as well as the reinstallation of the galleries of modern and contemporary art (2000).

Gluckman's sensitivity to existing structures and skillful transformations of interior space have earned him accolades including three American Architecture Awards from the Chicago Athenaeum (in 2004, 2002, and 2001) and the 2000 Project Award from the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter.

Construction Timeline

    Philadelphia Museum of Art and Reliance Standard Life Insurance Company jointly announce the Museum's commitment to acquire the company's historic flagship building.

    June 15, 2000
    Museum formally names the Ruth and Raymond G. Perelman Building in a dedication ceremony including city and state officials.

    December 19, 2000
    Museum launches its 125th Anniversary Campaign to raise $200 million (later delivering $240 million) with its 2001 Fund. Perelman Building renovation and expansion are established as a key priority of the campaign.

    January 30, 2002
    Museum announces selection of Gluckman Mayner Architects to design the renovation and expansion of the building.

    With all code-related variances and approvals granted by the City of Philadelphia, the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, the Fairmount Park Commission, the Philadelphia Art and Historical Commissions, and the Greater Philadelphia Preservation Alliance approve final plans for the building.

    August 2004
    L.F. Driscoll Co., Construction Manager, begins phase I construction: the installation of temporary utilities, the separation of the Annex from the Fairmount and Pennsylvania building wings, and interior nonstructural demolition.

    October 26, 2004
    Groundbreaking celebration and a Museum salute to leadership donors

    January 2005
    Excavation begins in rear courtyard to prepare for the Gluckman-designed 59,000-square-foot addition.

    September 2005
    Erection of structural steel begins.

    October 2005
    Topping off ceremony

    Fall 2006
    Target completion date projected for all construction.

    Winter 2006–2007
    Museum collections and staff to occupy and install newly finished spaces.

    September 15, 2007
    Ruth and Raymond G. Perelman Building opens to the public.