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Speed Art Museum

2035 S. Third Street
Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky, 40208

Speed Art Museum
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The Speed Art Museum, now colloquially referred to as the Speed by locals, is the oldest, largest, and foremost museum of art in Kentucky.
The museum was built in 1927 by Arthur Loomis in the Neo-Classical style. The original building was designed as an understated Beaux-Arts limestone facade.

The museum underwent a $60 million expansion and renovation project from September 2012 to March 2016. The 62,500-square-foot North Building doubled the overall square footage and nearly tripled the gallery space from the previous wing. The expansion created a space for larger special exhibitions, new contemporary art galleries, a family education welcome center, 150-seat cinema, indoor/outdoor café, museum shop, and a multi-functional pavilion for performances, lectures and entertaining.

Hattie Bishop Speed established the museum in memorial of her husband James Breckenridge Speed, a prominent Louisville businessman, art collector, and philanthropist.

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