Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum Expansion

An expansion on the north side of the Kemper Art Museum will create the James M. Kemper Gallery and a new entrance foyer as well as connect the newly relocated Florence Steinberg Weil Sculpture Garden to Ann and Andrew Tisch Park.

The gallery will be a state-of-the-art exhibition space, enabling the Museum to showcase a larger portion of its world-class collection and expand its exhibition program. The adjacent glass-lined lobby will offer spectacular, light-filled views of Tisch Park, Sculpture Garden, and Brookings Hall. The entryway will be at ground level and oriented towards Tisch Park and the new Welcome Center, allowing easier access for both the University community and the public.

Rendering of the James M. Kemper Gallery in the Kemper Art Museum at Washington University in St. Louis

James M. Kemper Gallery


The exterior of the Museum Addition features what will become an iconic and memorable north façade, composed of 30-foot-tall pleated stainless steel panels that will reflect the surrounding landscape, sky, and buildings. Other sides of the addition will be built of limestone and glass, echoing materials of the existing Museum and nearby buildings.

Project Details

  • 5,600 square ft. addition
  • 2,700 square ft. new gallery, with a 27’ tall ceiling
  • Located north of the existing Kemper Museum and east of the new location of the Steinberg Weil Sculpture Garden and Weil Hall.


Michael Vergason Landscape Architects
landscape architect & planner

civil engineer

utilities engineer

McCarthy Building Companies
Simms Building Group
construction managers


parking facility architect

Tao + Lee
local architect

structural engineer

mechanical, electrical, plumbing engineer

Learn more about the plan for the transformation of the east end of the Danforth Campus