The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is planning a $40-million expansion and renovation project of its art museums—the first major upgrade since 1985.
New York-based Samuel Anderson Architects has been selected to design the project for the Williamsburg, Va., complex, which includes the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum and the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. The project plans to add 8,000 square feet of gallery space, a 22 percent increase of the musuem's current gallery space. The expanded space will permit more of the museums' collections to be showcased. The project also includes upgrades such as a new entrance, lobby, and a grand concourse, which is designed to provide better programming and activities for visitors.
The museums are known for their American folk art collections and British and fine decorative arts from the 17th to the 19th centuries.