In our last project update, we shared that the major structural work of the Bicentennial Infrastructure Projects was originally scheduled to take place over the winter of 2020. However, due to the pandemic, that work was delayed to spring 2022. This unfortunate delay (despite no increase in scope) impacted the total project cost by approximately 20 percent, raising the project total from $10.7 million to $12.7 million. The Taft Museum of Art is committed to continuing this important preservation and is in the process of working to secure additional dollars to help us reach this new goal. We thank everyone for your support thus far—we are now 80 percent of the way to this goal! It is because of your gifts to the Love This House campaign and your continued advocacy that we can ensure the Taft Museum of Art thrives for another 200 years. We look forward to celebrating with you, providing further updates to the project and opportunities to host you on-site to see the work that is being completed.
Our team of experts has made tremendous headway:
In late 2015, in advance of the museum's celebration of the historic house's bicentennial in 2020, the Taft commissioned an extensive review of the museum's operational and infrastructure needs. Key collaborators worked to create a master plan for the museum and to understand the needs of the collection and the needs of visitors. They identified and developed solutions for the complex problems of a 200-year-old home, and completed a thorough analysis of the scope of capital projects needed to maintain this historic house for the next century.
The historic house and permanent collection will reopen in spring of 2022!