Archtober 31, Building of the Day: Sean Kelly Gallery

Archtober 2013, the third annual month-long festival of Architecture in New York, finally comes to an end. And the last building to be celebrated is the Sean Kelly Gallery! The 22,000 square-foot exhibition space is located in Chelsea, and it’s one of the first of its kind in the area. The Sean Kelly Gallery was founded in 1991 by the gallery’s namesake. After moving to many different locations, the gallery finally moved to the two-story 1914 historic building on the corner of 36th St and 10th Ave in October, 2012. The building is an extension of The Highline. The move to the new location almost tripled the gallery’s size.

Archtober 31, Building of the Day: Sean Kelly Gallery

Archtober 31, Building of the Day: Sean Kelly Gallery

The gallery has a central library, two gallery spaces, and a flexible black box theater that can turn into a third gallery space. The exhibition spaces are alternately grand and intimate. Throughout the years that it has been opened, the gallery developed and established a reputation for diverse, intellectual driven and unconventionally unique exhibitions. The gallery has coordinated hundreds of exhibitions and accommodated works of a list of artists that include Marina Abramovic, Antony Gormley, and Robert Mapplethorpe.

Sean Kelly Gallery

The gallery was designed by award-winning architect Toshiko Mori, who will have one of his architects leading the last day of the Archtober tour. That will be an interesting last day tour, right?

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

What was your favorite building of the Archtober this year?

Photos via Architectural Digest

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