Sunday, July 18, 1999

Center's home will be downtown landmark

London architect Zaha Hadid looks at a model of the new CAC building.
(Glenn Hartong photo)

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        The Lois and Richard Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art is scheduled to open late in 2001.

        Designed by London architect Zaha Hadid, it will be built on the northwest corner of Sixth and Walnut streets, downtown.

        The six-level building will have a 142-foot front on Sixth Street, and a 70-foot frontage on Walnut.

        With ceilings as high as 28 feet in galleries and lobbies, the 124-foot-high building will be taller than the adjacent 11-story Metropole Apartments.

        The city has acquired the former McDonald's building and City Council has passed an ordinance to negotiate with the owners of the King's News building and the Batsakes building. Demolition will begin as soon as all three properties are acquired.

        The arts center will be the first freestanding art museum built in Cincinnati since 1881.

        Cost of the project will be $27.5 million with a “stretch goal” of $30.3 million to expand the endowment.

        The CAC has raised $21.7 million, including $4.5 million from the City of Cincinnati and $3.5 million from the State of Ohio.

        The remainder of the funding is from corporate and private donors, including the $5 million from the Lois and Richard Rosenthal Foundation.


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