Morning Headlines: Museum of the American Revolution Breaks Ground

The controversy surrounding it is finally behind us.

It’s expected to open sometime in late 2016, but construction of the Museum of the American Revolution will soon be underway. In fact, the Inquirer’s Stephan Salisbury reports that a symbolic groundbreaking took place yesterday for the $119 million building designed Robert A.M. Stern.

You may recall the museum was previously under a lot of scrutiny when renderings first came out, leaving a number of people unimpressed. “Could [it] be constructed in a way to make its Georgian details feel plausibly like real architecture?” asked Inga Saffron in 2012. Even after its redesign, the building’s appearance was still deemed uninspired.

Here’s to hoping the structure, which will stand at 3rd and Chestnut, will prove better in the flesh than in the pictures! Gerry Lenfest sure thinks so. From the Inquirer:

Philanthropist H.F. “Gerry” Lenfest, the prime advocate and benefactor for the museum, called the groundbreaking “a milestone” and invited all to return in two years for the opening.

Lenfest, the owner and publisher of The Inquirer, the Philadelphia Daily News, and, has advocated for the museum for more than a decade.

Ground is broken for American Revolution museum [Inquirer]

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