George Lucas wants to build his new art museum featuring works from
his personal collection at the Presidio in San Francisco. But officials
at the famous site are pushing back, having asked the "Star Wars"
creator and other competing projects to rethink their designs before a
decision is made.
On Thursday, the board of
directors of the Presidio Trust met to decide on proposals for
developing an eight-acre site across from Crissy Field. Among the
proposals vying for physical space is Lucas' art museum as well as a
proposed science-themed center and a mixed-use complex from the Golden
Gate National Parks Conservancy.
"In the interest of having the best project possible for the
Presidio, we want to provide one more opportunity for teams to adjust
their proposals before we make a selection," said the board in an
announcement released on Thursday. It said revised proposals are due
The board didn't specifically mention Lucas' proposed art museum,
which would be called the Lucas Cultural Arts Museum. But the San
Francisco Chronicle reported that Presidio board Chairwoman Nancy
Bechtle recently met with the newspaper's editorial board during which
she expressed reservations about the museum's design.
Bechtle described the design for the museum as "too big" and having
an "inappropriate configuration," according to the Chronicle. The design
has a faux Beaux Arts style and carries an estimated $700-million price
Lucas made waves in September when he told the New York Times that
the Presidio Trust board has been antagonistic to his planned museum and
that he would take the museum to Chicago if it were to be rejected in
The director has been an avid collector of art by Norman Rockwell and
Maxfield Parrish. The official website for the planned museum features design renderings of the building.
Last year Lucas sold his company, Lucasfilm,
to Disney for a little more than $4 billion. Disney is planning a
series of "Star Wars" sequels, with the first in the series expected to
be released in 2015.
I know the Presidio and the renderings do show a rather imposing museum. Right now Crissy field is this beautiful undeveloped space used by everyone. Lucas has been trying for the Presidio land for years now. I guess I expected a project more integrated with the surroundings and more sensitive to those who already enjoy the great views. GL
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