Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Housed in a 19th-century stone mansion on six acres in Chestnut Hill, Woodmere Art Museum is dedicated to the art and artists of Philadelphia. The building and grounds, together with the core of the collection, are the gifts of Charles Knox Smith (1845 – 1916), who purchased the estate in 1898 with the intent of transforming it into a showcase for his great collection of art. Woodmere continues to honor Smith’s vision to bring art and nature together and in recent years has acquired important examples of outdoor sculpture by Harry Bertoia and Dina Wind.
Wagner Hodgson has been working with the Woodmere and architect Matthew Baird to build upon Smith’s original vision and look toward the future. The resulting master plan includes indoor exhibit expansion, a new performance theater, an outdoor amphitheater, a sculpture terrace, a sculpture walk, enhancements to stormwater and the woodland stream, a sculptural pond and improved site parking and circulation.