Archtober 15, Building of the Day: The Drawing Center in SohoPhoto via CrainsNY

So let’s go to Soho to see the Building of the Day for Archtober 15, the third annual month-long festival of Architecture in New York City. The Drawing Center is a small art museum and is the only fine arts institution in the U.S. to focus on the exhibition of drawings. Isn’t that unique? The museum was founded in 1977 and occupies two and a half floors of a 19th century five-story building that was recently renovated. The $10 million renovation was managed by architect Claire Weisz of WXY Architecture & Urban Design.

Archtober 15, Building of the Day: The Drawing Center in Soho

Archtober 15, Building of the Day: The Drawing Center in SohoPhoto via DesignWire

The museum provides opportunities to emerging and under-recognized artists and an intimate experience to the public. It has presented over 230 exhibitions and attracted 55,000 visitors annually. The Drawing Museum had been called “one of the city’s most highly respected small art museums” by the New York Times. Famous artists like Kara Walker had their work first introduced to the public at the Drawing Center. After the renovation, the Drawing Center now has three exhibition spaces – the Main Gallery, Drawing Room and the Lab, which is a hybrid gallery: it’s an educational space and a conference center.

Admission to the museum is very affordable, with prices ranging from $3 to $5, and it’s free on Thursdays from 6 to 8 pm. The Archtober tour will be led by the renovation architect Claire Weiz. Isn’t that exciting? Definitely worth visiting when walking in Soho next time!

Check out our Archtober archive to see more notable works of architecture.

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