Letter From Kansas City

The solid limestone edifice of the original Nelson-Atkins Building with one of the Bloch Building's five "lanterns," designed by Steven Holl.

The crystal-like boxes of Holl's addition scatter down the museum's sloping lawn.

Seven pavilions were planned, but only five were built. At the donors' gala in March. Steven Holl with Delores DeWilde Bina and Robert F. Bina.

H&R Block co-founder Henry Bloch.

William A. and Carlene Hall of the Hall (Hallmark Cards) family, with Morton I. Sosland of Sosland Cos.

The Isamu Noguchi Sculpture Court houses seven works by the Japanese-American artist who inspired Holl's design.

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