Pulitzer Arts Foundation
Tadao Ando, Architect
Tadao Ando has achieved international acclaim for his uncompromising architectural vision, which elevates the use of simple materials and forms to create spaces that appeal equally to precision and emotion.
Pulitzer Arts Foundation—completed in 2001 after four years of construction—is the first free-standing, public project for which Ando was commissioned in the United States. Through carefully composed windows and a central water court, the building is suffused with natural light, inviting the outside world into dialogue with art and architecture.
Artists Richard Serra and Ellsworth Kelly were commissioned by Emily Rauh Pulitzer to create permanent sculptures for the building, and according to Ando, their collaboration “provided a rare and stimulating opportunity to reconsider the architecture and to rethink what it means to create.”
Park-Like by Studio Land Arts
Open sunrise to sunset
Located across the street from the museum, Park-Like is a sustainably designed green space for visitors to meander along the grass pathways, investigate plants and wildlife in an urban setting, and be delighted by unexpected perspectives. The garden comprises both native and non-native plants, as well as found building materials that have been transformed into water filtration systems, retaining structures, seating, and play space. Utilizing site-responsive land and rainscaping techniques, the project was designed by Studio Land Arts to absorb stormwater runoff and reduce the impact on urban drainage and sewer systems while creating a site for wildlife and the public to enjoy.
Park-Like is open to the public daily from sunrise to sunset. Studio Land Arts is run by artist and landscape designer Chris Carl and based in Granite City, IL. For more information, visit studiolandarts.com.
Opening Fall 2021
The Pulitzer is transforming the former church located at 620 North Spring Avenue into a space that will function like a public park while also serving as a site for creative programs and artist projects. The Spring Church is currently under construction to further stabilize the structure and add ADA accessibility to the building and adjacent green space. The renovations will maintain the architectural character of the church, including features such as the open roofline that has made the building an iconic site in the neighborhood.
For reasons of safety, there will be no public access to the Spring Church during construction which is planned to continue for several months. When the work is complete, the site will be open daily, free of charge, from sunrise to sunset.