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Wichita Art Museum

This expansion of the Wichita Art Museum was its third major renovation. The original museum was designed by Clarence Stein in 1925 and then further developed in 1975 by architect Edward Larabee Barnes.

The museum now features an expansion proportioned and detailed to fit seamlessly into the temperament of Barnes’ modernist design. Its new entrance and lobby provides generous daylighting and access to a liberally landscaped plaza with multiple sculptures. The transparency of the lobby nicely contrasts with monolithic masonry enclosing curatorial spaces designed to safeguard the artwork and artifacts.