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Work Begun on UCLA Museum of Cultures

December 06, 1987

UCLA has broken ground for its $22-million Fowler Museum of Cultural History, scheduled to open in fall, 1989.

Designed to match the Romanesque style of UCLA's original buildings and featuring Norman brick, cast stone, tile roofs and towers, the 101,715-square-foot structure will accommodate more than 170,000 objects representing contemporary, historic and prehistoric cultures.

There will be nearly 19,000 square feet of exhibition space, with four galleries assigned to permanent exhibitions, pre-Columbian art, changing exhibitions and a special gallery to house the donated Fowler silver collection.

Design features by architect Arnold Savrann in association with John Carl Warnecke & Associates, include a central courtyard surrounded by an arcaded galleria, a 350-seat auditorium, outdoor terrace and space for programs related to the museum.

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