MFAH breaks ground on Nancy and Rich Kinder building

Groundbreaking for the Nancy and Rich Kinder Building. From L to R: Chris McVoy, architect; Anne Duncan, vice chair, board of trustees; Nancy Kinder; Gary Tinterow, MFAH director; Richard D. Kinder, chair, board of trustees; Steven Holl, architect. Photo by Wilson Parish.

On May 31, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston broke ground on the Nancy and Rich Kinder building for modern and contemporary art. The 165,000-square-foot structure is part of the 14-acre redesign of the Museum’s Susan and Fayez S. Sarofim Campus. 

Nancy Kinder, president of the Kinder Foundation, and Rich Kinder, chairman of the Kinder Foundation and chairman of the MFAH board of trustees, marked the occasion with shovels in the ground alongside Anne Duncan, vice chair of the board of trustees; Gary Tinterow, director of MFAH; and Steven Holl and Chris McVoy, the building’s architects.

The Nancy and Rich Kinder building will house 54,000 square feet of gallery space for exhibitions and for the Museum’s collections of modern and contemporary art. Additionally, it features a 200-seat theater, a café, a restaurant overlooking the sculpture garden, an underground parking garage, and tunnels connecting the building to the new Glassell School of Arts and to the existing Caroline Weiss Law Building.

The entire project is slated for completion in late 2019. To read more about the groundbreaking, and for an updated timeline on the project, click here.