The Saint Louis Art Museum

St. Louis, Missouri

One of St. Louis’ most ambitious construction projects is the landmark $130.5 million, 200,000-square-foot expansion to the historic St. Louis Art Museum. The sleek, David Chipperfield-designed, modern structure adjoins the Cass Gilbert-designed main building originally constructed for the 1904 World’s Fair. The project marks the most significant expansion in the museum’s history, providing 21 new galleries, 30 percent more public spaces, a restaurant and a parking garage. A new Grand Stair provides a seamless transition between the museum’s main and lower levels. The project utilized virtual construction (BIM) and received LEED Gold certification.

Building for the Future

The expansion incorporates a new below-grade parking garage, a fully-accessible entrance and a dedicated bus/group entrance to relieve traffic congestion on Fine Arts Drive.

Local Connection

The dark, polished concrete facade of the new building incorporates aggregate from the Missouri River.

Museum in the Park

The new building joins the existing museum in St. Louis' famous Forest Park in a new landscape designed by landscape architect Michel Desvigne. The first phase extends the museum into the park with outdoor sculpture, restoration of grass and plantings of trees and shrubs.

Owner: Saint Louis Art Museum
Owner's Representative: Arcadis
Design Architect: David Chipperfield
Architect of Record: HOK
Joint Venture: Tarlton Corporation, KAI Design & Build

This $130 million expansion added 200,000 square feet and 21 new galleries to our city’s renowned art museum. As a result, we are able to beautifully and safely display nearly 500 works of art that had not been on view for more than 20 years. And thanks to Pepper and the rest of the project team, innovative design elements and on-site recycling practices earned the East Building Gold LEED status by the U.S. Green Building Council.

—Carolyn Schmidt
Deputy Director and Controller, The Saint Louis Art Museum