World Premiere!: The Henry and its Architecture

by Rachael Faust, Assistant Curator of Collections and Academic Programs

Henry Art Gallery is proud to launch two new short videos about the museum’s architecture!

Did you know the Henry was the first public art museum in the state of Washington? In 1926, Seattle businessman Horace C. Henry donated a prominent collection and the necessary funding to construct a museum on the University of Washington campus. Mr. Henry and the UW selected the well-known Seattle architect Carl F. Gould, of the architectural partnership Bebb and Gould, to build the Henry Art Gallery.


In June 1995, the Henry began a major renovation and expansion to quadruple the size of the museum from 10,000 to over 40,000 square feet, adding two stories below the original building. Renowned New York-based architectural firm Gwathmey Siegel & Associates were chosen as architects. This enormous project was completed in April 1997.


These videos are part of a series highlighting the museum’s permanent collection and architecture. Visitors to the Henry can quickly and easily access the videos through their mobile devices by scanning QR codes printed on the museum’s wall labels or on our YouTube channel. The video series is a collaborative project between the Henry and Solstream Media.

This summer, we will premiere two more videos: James Turrell Skyspace: Light Reign and James Coupe and Juan Pampin: Sanctum. We’ll show them to you here first!

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