Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

 1953 - 1974

The Story

The Museum of Fine Arts in Houston is the first museum Mies ever built, and his only one in the U.S (his second and final being Berlin's Neue Nationalgalerie). He was hired to design two additions to the Caroline Weiss Law Building. This existing structure was built by William Ward Watkin in 1924 in the neoclassical style, complete with Greek columns.

Mies designed Cullinan Hall as early as 1954, and later the Brown Pavilion between 1965 and 1968. Cullinan Hall features 30 foot ceilings along with 6,800 square feet of open floor space, making it ideal for formal events and Modern and Contemporary art showcases. Brown Pavilion brings the total square footage of Mies' additions to 10,000.