Gwathmey designed the three-story contemporary addition that sits next to the Victorian Crocker mansion.
During a 2007 appearance on Capital Public Radio’s “Insight”, Gwathmey said the new building is a blend of modern and classic.
“I think architecture is about the continuation of history. And you have an obligation as an artist to create the appropriate new building that coexists with the old and the dynamic between the two is a more enriched place.”
The $100 million expansion project is still being built. A grand opening for the expanded Crocker Art Museum is scheduled for late next year.
Gwathmey also designed an addition to the Guggenheim Museum in Manhattan as well as homes owned by Steven Spielberg and Jerry Seinfeld.