Autry Raises $80 Million; Southwest Museum Still a Money Pit
|Autry Resources Center, Burbank. Photo by Nico Marques|
The Autry Museum of the American West has realized its six-year goal of raising $80 million for improvements at the Griffith Park campus and the collection storage facility in Burbank. Jackie Autry, widow of museum founder/singing cowboy Gene Autry, contributed $30 million.
The 103,000-sf Autry Resources Center, designed by Chu + Gooding Architects, has been in use since 2016. It now houses the Autry (including Southwest Museum) collections in a state-of-the-art building. The troubled Southwest Museum merged with the Autry in 2003.
Still to be determined is the fate of the Southwest Museum building in Highland Park. A 2019 open call for financially qualified parties interested in running the site fell flat. A 2018 estimate put the cost of renovation at about $52 million (the Casa de Abobe, home of Southwest Museum founder Charles Lummis, would run another $6.8 million).
|Garden, Autry Resource Center|
|Saddle storage, Autry Resource Center|