<img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/64/64f1b418d7a25f1ff949ff8eea15e49b.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em>The Rothko Chapel in Houston, founded in 1971 by the art patrons John and Dominique de Menil as an ecumenical site for both reflection and activism, will be closing on Monday for the rest of the year for the first phase of a $30 million restoration and campus expansion by Architecture Research Office.</p></em><br /><br /><p>New York-based firm <a href="https://archinect.com/architectureresearchoffice" rel="nofollow" >Architecture Research Office (ARO)</a> was <a href="https://archinect.com/news/article/149975226/architecture-research-office-to-update-the-rothko-chapel" rel="nofollow" >selected in 2016</a> to be in charge of the restoration work.<br>
“During the closure, work inside the Chapel will include modifications to the entryway and vestibule, enhanced audio, security and fire systems, replacement of the existing skylight and updates to the overall lighting design to allow for heightened illumination and an unimpeded interaction with the artwork,” reads the announcement about the temporary closure, beginning Monday, March 4, on the Chapel’s website.
“These upgrades will ensure more access and engagement with Mark Rothko’s extraordinary paintings and will the visitor experience as a whole. These preservation efforts will bring the experience of the Chapel closer to the founders’ and artist’s original intentions.”
The building is scheduled to reopen in winter 2019.