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featured project

Freer House
Whistler Gallery Renovation - Feasibility Study
Charles Lang Freer, a Detroit industrialist, was an art collector and benefactor of the Freer and Sackler Galleries of Art - Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C.  Mr. Freer’s first art gallery was located on the second floor of his former stable located on Ferry Avenue in Detroit, Michigan. 

On behalf of Wayne State University and the Friends of the Freer, RDG conducted a Feasibility Study to determine design actions and the cost for restoring this gallery, henceforth to be known as the Whistler Gallery because of the www.canadagoosejakke.co close friendship between James McNeill Whistler, a renowned expatriot painter living in London, and Charles Lang Freer his American patron.

After Freer’s occupancy, the natural skylight was roofed over and the entire leaded glass ceiling was removed leaving only the original iron ceiling support matrix.  Part of the gallery was used for the installation of HVAC equipment and two floor-to-ceiling walled-in offices were added.  Additional gallery space was converted into 1/2 walled carrels.  All original finishes were painted over.  The goal of the Whistler Gallery Restoration is to remove anachronistic elements  and return this Classic Gallery to its original state and bring the room up to modern space standards for multi-purpose use.

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