If you have been thinking about visiting the Rothko Chapel soon, you’ll need to make it real soon.
Starting Monday, the landmark Houston art and spiritual site, which holds 14 monumental paintings by Mark Rothko, will close for a renovation project that will take all year to complete.
The Chapel will be open regular hours (10 a.m.-6 p.m.) on Thursdayand Sunday, March 3; with abbreviated hours Friday and Saturday, when the Rothko organization’s symposium “Toward a Better Future: Transforming the Climate Crisis” will occupy the space part of each day.
Public viewing hours are 1-6 p.m. Friday and 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free.
The project will bring a reconfigured, more open entry space and a new central skylight designed to shed better light on the canvases. Across the street, work has begun on the site for a new welcome center and an energy house for the campus’ mechanical
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The chapel is located at 3900 Yupon St.
Admission is free, but tickets will be required, and visits will be limited to 30 minutes. The chapel will be open 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.
The Suzanne Deal Booth Welcome House, located at 1410 Sul Ross St., will serve as the check-in point for visitors. It will also house the Chapel Shop, which sells mementos and gifts.
The renovation was financed by the $30 million “Opening Spaces” campaign. The second phase of the work will include the construction of an administration and archives building, a program center, a guest house and a meditation garden.
The chapel, named for the painter Mark Rothko, who also helped design