A 227-space car park has opened at the Kimbell Art Museum that not only improves visitor parking but also represents the final development phase of the Kimbell campus, the Kimbell Art Foundation said.
The 6-acre car park, across Van Cliburn Way from the Kimbell and across Darnell Street from the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, has 11 handicap-accessible spots, bicycle parking and landscaped recreation areas and pedestrian walkways. Designed to serve as a gateway to the Cultural District, the car park is also open to Modern Art Museum visitors.
The foundation said it recognized the need for more parking when it completed the Kimbell's Renzo Piano Pavilion in 2013. The $8 million project took about 18 months to complete and is to the east of its original 1972 Louis Kahn Building.
"It was always recognized that a pleasant experience at the museum begins the moment patrons enter the campus and that often happens by car," said Joe Self, a partner in FIRM817, the Fort Worth architecture firm that designed the car park. "The new east parking area is a tapestry of plantings, materials, color, light and even machines, the cars."
About 2 acres of the site is green space and about half of the trees were saved during construction, including the centuries-old John Peter Smith Oak, a Fort Worth Heritage Tree cared for by the Kimbell foundation.
The Kimbell said it now has 465 parking spaces.