More Museum Tower Drama: Washington’s Cultural Landscape Foundation Puts Nasher on ‘Endangered List,’ Blames Museum Tower

Published October 5, 2012 by Joanna England

The plot thickens!

The Cultural Landscape Foundation, Washington-based center bent on “increasing the public’s awareness and understanding of the importance and irreplaceable legacy of its cultural landscapes,” has included the Nasher Sculpture Garden in their Landslide 2012 list of endangered cultural landscapes.

 In 2012 construction was completed of a high-rise condominium overlooking the Nasher Museum and Sculpture Garden site. The building, currently owned by the Dallas Police and Fire Pension System, was designed by Los Angeles architect Scott Johnson, and named “Museum Tower” in homage to its neighbor. The 42-story building – which was originally slated to be half its current size and is now one of the tallest residential buildings in the city – is sheathed in a reflective glass skin that acts like a mirror and reflects damaging and intense rays of sun into the Sculpture Center and Garden.

According to Michael Granberry’s report in Guide Live, Museum Tower officials were caught unwares by the Nasher’s inclusion on the Landslide 2012 list. Of course, Museum Tower and the Nasher are still trying to amicably resolve the issue while they both deny responsibility while, like schoolboys called to the principal’s office, surreptitiously pointing the finger of blame at the other.

“There was no indication that reflections from Museum Tower had caused or were causing adverse effects to plants in the Nasher landscape,” the consultant wrote in a report that was supplied to The Dallas Morning News.

Alternately, Museum Tower’s full-page ad in The News, which Candy reported on just days ago, was the telltale heart to Nasher officials.

So, does this help the Nasher’s argument? And do you think Museum Tower is any closer to fixing the glare from its 42-story building?

— Daily Local Real Estate Dish By Dallas Real Estate Insider — Candy Evans at CandysDirt.com