Philadelphia Museum of Art

  • Perelman Building Feasibility Study
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 2006


Directly across from the Museum’s landmark building is an art-deco office building that formed the gateway to Fairmount Park.  The opportunity to acquire the building to both decant the museum and expand public space led the Museum to study the opportunity.




Museum leadership identified specific programs and functions including galleries, library, conservation labs and support spaces that might work within the limitations of the floorplate sizes within the building that was built as an insurance company headquarters.  Test fits, as well as analysis of the historic fabric, zoning limitations and development costs were studied to enable the museum to attract support to buy the building.


The Museum’s donors were attracted to the identity of a free standing venue across the street that had a ‘different character’.  New galleries focused on contemporary design (furniture, industrial, architecture and fashion), more accessible library and study rooms, and state of the art conservation labs have expanding the capacity of PMA significantly.