San Francisco Awaits New De Young Museum San Francisco is known more for its natural beauty and Victorian charm than for its contemporary architecture. But this fall the city is taking a big chance on the new de Young Museum, a 300,000 square foot facility sits smack in the middle of Golden Gate Park. Cy Musiker reports.

San Francisco Awaits New De Young Museum

San Francisco Awaits New De Young Museum

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This October, one of San Francisco's resurrected cultural landmarks will open to the public. The de Young museum was founded in 1895 in the Golden Gate Park, but 1989's Loma Prieta earthquake left the structure irrevocably damaged.

The de Young museum opens next month. Mark Darley hide caption

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Voters here twice rejected bond measures to pay for a replacement for the building, so socialite Dede Wilsey led a campaign to finance one.

The new museum will feature paintings by Richard Diebenkorn, Robert Motherwell and Mark Rothko. Also, Gerhard Richter and sculptor Andy Goldsworthy were commissioned to create works.

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