Corcoran Gallery to Remain in Historic Building on 17th Street

Museum's Beaux-Arts building needs a $130 million renovation

Tuesday, Dec 11, 2012  |  Updated 11:20 AM EDT
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The First Family visited the Corcoran Gallery of Art on Jan. 29, 2012. The museum was presenting a show called "30 Americans" featuring the work of 31 African-American artists.

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The board of trustees overseeing the Corcoran Gallery of Art has decided the museum should remain in its historic building near the White House after studying a possible move for six months.

The board announced Monday that the museum will seek to stay in its Beaux-Arts building, which needs a $130 million renovation. The museum said the plan could include collaborating with another like-minded institution.

In June, the board began considering a move to sell the building and expand its college of art and design.

The group Save the Corcoran sprang up to protest the move. Members applauded the decision to stay and said the Corcoran should draw on its community support.

D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton says she's overjoyed the museum will remain in Washington.

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