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A+D Museum Relocating To Arts District To Make Way For The Purple Line

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The A+D Architecture and Design Museum will be moving from the Miracle Mile to a new home in the Arts District. The museum's current location at 6032 Wilshire Blvd. is going to be razed and replaced by the Wilshire/Fairfax station, part of the Purple Line's expansion, Curbed LA reports. There was some talk of the A+D Museum possibly moving into an unbuilt, Frank Gehry-designed tower proposed by LACMA; however, there's no certainty that this tower will ever be built. So, A+D's new home for at least the next two years will be at Fourth and Canyon in downtown Los Angeles' Arts District.

The 8,000-square-foot, one-story brick building sits at 900 E. Fourth St., Downtown News reports. The building is owned by Legendary Developers, who had previously considered putting a bowling alley the space, but went with the museum because principal Dilip Bhavnani said he felt a museum would be a better fit for the neighborhood. (XLanes, a bowling alley and arcade, is already less than a ten-minute walk from the space.)

The A+D Museum has relocated a few times since opening in the Bradbury Building in 2001. It moved into its most recent spot on Wilshire across from LACMA 2010.

The museum's Executive Director, Tibbie Dunbar, said she expects the museum to be fully relocated by the summer of 2015. Architecture firms Gensler and RTKL will be working on converting the building, and Dunbar hopes to salvage much of the existing graffiti and keep the building's industrial feel. As the museum will only take up 6,000 square feet, Dunbar plans to lease out the remaining space to a cafe or bookstore. After the two-year lease is up, she'd like the museum to remain downtown.