Longview Museum of Fine Arts Board of Directors and LMFA Executive Director, Tiffany Jehorek, are proud to announce the museum will occupy a new home in the summer of 2022! On Thursday, February 25, LMFA closed on the purchase of the former Longview National Bank and Regions Bank building at the corner of N. Fredonia and Methvin streets.
The move to the iconic Mid-Century modern white marble building designed in 1960 by Wilson, Morris, Crain, and Anderson Architects who are known for designing the Astrodome in Houston, will increase the museum’s footprint from 16,500 square feet to 44,000 square feet. This new location complete with a parking garage will sit at the heart of our community’s cultural district and create essential new spaces for the public to experience art, educational programs, and performances. The sheer size and statuesque beauty of the building, in addition to its central location across from the courthouse, will generate tourism, community pride and involvement, and serve as a dynamic centralized hub for the arts of East Texas.
The building features in the main lobby “The Great Lone Star,” a gold, aluminum, and stainless-steel wire sculpture by world-renowned artist Richard Lippold. A similar sculpture was installed at the Lincoln Center in New York City around the same time. The star was purchased by architect B.W. Crain, Jr. in 1957 for $15,000 and was recently conservatively appraised at $175,000; it will become a hallmark for LMFA and a calling card for Longview. The 70-foot mosaic counter designed by now deceased Houston artist; Herbert Mears appraised for $145,000. LMFA is grateful to the Roger Johnson Family for donating these two works of art to the museum.