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Harvard’s new art complex takes shape

Above: Models of the Harvard Art Museums’ future galleries are housed in a former factory building in Somerville, where staff meet and discuss the placement of paintings and sculptures. Below: A model of the new complex, set to open in 2013, shows the view from Broadway and Quincy Street. A photo taken from Prescott Street shows the renovation and expansion in progress. Above: Models of the Harvard Art Museums’ future galleries are housed in a former factory building in Somerville, where staff meet and discuss the placement of paintings and sculptures. Below: A model of the new complex, set to open in 2013, shows the view from Broadway and Quincy Street. A photo taken from Prescott Street shows the renovation and expansion in progress. (Courtesy of RENZO PIANO BUILDING WORKSHOP. © President and Fellows of Harvard College (BELOW); PAT GREENHOUSE/GLOBE STAFF)
By Geoff Edgers
Globe Staff / October 23, 2011

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A soft summer breeze blows through the air as Tom Lentz, director of the Harvard Art Museums, walks down a ramp and approaches a spot high above the dusty crater that will, late in 2013, be the epicenter of a $350 million renovation of the university’s museums. When the project is complete, Harvard’s Fogg Museum, Busch-Reisinger Museum, and Arthur M. Sackler Museum will all be under one roof. “When you stand here, you can begin to see it take shape in terms of volume and the mass of our building,’’ says Lentz.

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