Marfa Restoration Plan

Judd Foundation has initiated a long-term restoration plan for its buildings in Marfa, Texas. The Marfa Restoration Plan focuses on the critical protection and restoration of Donald Judd’s spaces and the completion of his architectural plans. The buildings of the Foundation’s Marfa campus will be restored in three phases, expanding public access to Judd’s permanently installed spaces. The plan directly supports Judd’s intentions for the Foundation, as he wrote in an essay titled “Judd Foundation” in 1977:

The purpose of the foundation is to preserve my work and that of others and to preserve this work in spaces I consider appropriate for it. This effort has been a concern second only to the invention of my work. And gradually the two concerns have joined and both tend toward architecture.

The Marfa Restoration Plan was developed in partnership with project architects Schaum/Shieh, with support from the Board of Trustees and Marfa Restoration Committee. The plan builds upon five years of research and environmental studies commissioned by Judd Foundation.


Marfa Restoration Plan Committee

Suzanne Deal Booth, Co-Chair
Dudley Del Balso, Co-Chair
Robert C. Beyer
Fairfax Dorn
Michael Govan

Introduction

Introduction

Defined by Donald Judd’s plans, drawings, and writings, the scope of Judd Foundation’s Marfa Restoration Plan will restore, protect, and sustain his spaces. The plan includes the completion of Judd’s buildings that were not realized in his lifetime, and will be implemented in three phases:

Phase I: Architecture Office, La Mansana de Chinati/The Block

Phase II: Print Building, Archives Building

Phase III: Ranch Office, Las Casas, Ayala de Chinati

To learn more about the Marfa Restoration Plan and how to get involved, please contact Hannah Parker, Director of Development at hparker@juddfoundation.org.

Building Plans

Building Plans

Architecture Office

The Architecture Office is the first project in the restoration plan. This restoration will open the first floor of the building to the public, allowing access to Judd’s architectural projects in the permanently installed office spaces containing models, drawings, design objects and Judd-designed furniture. The restoration and the reinstallation of the second-floor spaces will include Judd’s permanently installed bedroom, office, and sitting room. The second floor will also support Judd research by providing housing for scholars working within the Judd Foundation Archives.

Project Launch: April 2018
Planned Completion: November 2021

The Block

This project will include the restoration of the two-story building and the completion of Judd’s architectural projects for the site, including landscape architecture.

Print Building

This project will include the completion of the Print Building installation. The ground floor of the building will be restored and house new visitor services facilities.

Archive Building

This project will include the creation of new museum-quality facilities for the collections care and research.

Ranch Office

This project will include the implementation of passive environmental control systems for the installed space on the ground floor. 

Las Casas

This project will include the completion of Judd’s free-standing architectural projects for the site, including the bunkhouse and a three-building stables complex. 

 

Guiding Principles

Guiding Principles

Historic Restoration of Buildings

The Marfa Restoration Plan follows the acclaimed historic preservation of 101 Spring Street, Judd’s home and studio in New York. The restoration of the cast-iron building, recipient of seven national awards, including the prestigious Lucy G. Moses Preservation Award from the New York Landmarks Conservancy, defined the contextual approach Judd Foundation will implement for each building of the plan.

Phase I
The Architecture Office restoration includes the replacement of mid-twentieth century plate glass windows with thermal and light protective glass, and historic restoration of the original interior tin ceiling.

Phase II
The Print Building restoration will preserve the original twenty-seven rooms on the second floor of the building, originally part of the Alta Vista Hotel and later the Crews Hotel. The rooms will be installed with a rotating selection from a complete set of Judd’s prints.

Preservation of Collection

Judd Foundation holds a substantial collection of Judd’s works on paper, drawings, prints, paintings, furniture prototypes and objects, along with the Judd Foundation Archives. The plan will create new state-of-the-art, climate-controlled storage for the entire collection.

Phase I
Collection protection and climate control are key tenets of the Architecture Office restoration. The building will house Judd’s architectural drawings and design prototypes, along with six works by John Chamberlain.

Phase II
The Archive Building will be a dedicated space for art storage, collection protection, and enhanced research access. The building will allow visiting scholars to access the archives, collection, and catalogue raisonné.

Creation of New Spaces

The plan includes the creation of new public spaces for programs to enrich the experience and understanding of Judd’s legacy in Marfa.

Phase I
The first of these spaces will be completed within the Architecture Office. The 540 square-foot space will be used for temporary exhibitions and educational programs and made available for use by other local arts groups and community organizations for programming.

Phase II
Additional public spaces to enhance research and scholarship will be included in the Archive Building and Print Building, including a library, reading rooms, and a viewing room.

Expansion of Facilities

The plan includes the expansion of Judd Foundation’s buildings in downtown Marfa to create dedicated spaces for its collection and research by scholars. These buildings are focused on research, preservation, and collections care—activities which are fundamental to the Foundation’s work and mission to provide a wider understanding of Judd’s legacy.

Phase I
The Architecture Office includes apartments on the second floor to provide free housing for researchers and visiting scholars working in the Judd Foundation Archives.

Phase II
The Archive Building will be a dedicated space for art storage, collection protection and enhanced research access. The building will encompass all facets of the Foundation’s archives, collection, conservation and research activities in one centralized location.

Phase III
According to Judd’s original plans for Las Casas, the plan will complete the free-standing architectural projects for the site including the bunkhouse and a stables complex.

Stewardship of Land

During his lifetime, Judd acquired close to 40,000 acres of land in and around Marfa which are maintained today as part of a conservation easement. The plan will grow Judd Foundation’s land stewardship programs and restore the buildings on Judd’s ranch.

Phase I
The plan includes the creation of public access to undeveloped land in Marfa.

Phase III
The plan will include the completion of Judd’s free-standing architectural projects for Las Casas, Judd’s largest and most remote ranch property. The building projects include the bunk house and a three-building stables complex.

Community Engagement

Judd Foundation recognizes the importance of the place and the community of Marfa. As the stewards of prominent architecture in Marfa, the Foundation has the responsibility to both restore Judd’s buildings as he intended and maintain and enhance the qualities of the city they help to define. Along with the contextual restoration and historic preservation of Judd’s buildings, the plan includes streetscape and public space improvements to enhance and provide new outdoor and indoor spaces for shared community use.

Phase I
The plan includes the creation of new community spaces, including a 540 square-foot space in the Architecture Office available for community use, as well as public access to 30 acres of undeveloped land in Marfa as part of a partnership with Big Bend Conservation Alliance and the City of Marfa.

Project Team

Project Team

SCHAUM/SHIEH
Project Architects
Houston, Texas

Silman
Structural Engineering
New York, New York

KCI Engineers
MEP Engineering
Downers Grove, Illinois

Image Permanence Institute
Environmental, Preservation, and Conservation Consulting
Rochester, New York

Higgins Quasebarth & Partners
Historic Consulting
New York, New York

Alpha Masonry
Historic Mason Consulting
Winnipeg, Canada

Method Construction
General Contractors
Marfa, Texas

RC Concepts
General Contractors
Marfa, Texas

High Desert Wood Works
Historic Window Fabrication
Marfa, Texas

Funding

Funding

Supporters of the Marfa Restoration Plan ensure the legacy of Donald Judd’s work in Marfa, Texas. Judd Foundation is pleased to recognize generous donors to the plan, and thank them for their leadership and support.

For more information on how to donate to the Marfa Restoration Plan, including tickets to the Annual Benefit Dinner, please contact Hannah Parker, Director of Development, at hparker@juddfoundation.org.

 

Major Supporters

Suzanne Deal Booth
Dudley and Michael Del Balso
The Brown Foundation, Inc.
Hermès
Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation
Anonymous


Government & Foundation

  • The Alice M. and Thomas J. Tisch Foundation, Inc.
  • City of Marfa
  • Cynthia Woods Mitchell Fund for Historic Interiors of the National Trust for Historic Preservation
  • Hart Family Fund for Small Towns of the National Trust for Historic Preservation
  • National Trust Preservation Fund
  • The Summerlee Foundation


Corporate

Casa Dragones
Cosme
Crane & Co.
David Zwirner
Eleven Madison Park
Emeco
Francis Ford Coppola Winery
Gagosian
Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac
Lisson Gallery
Mignoni
Pace Gallery
Salon 94 Design
Sotheby’s


Leadership Supporters

Loren Pack and Robert C. Beyer
Jack Dorsey
Marty and David Hamamoto
Anthony Meier
Suzi Davidoff and Carl Ryan


Patron Supporters

Scott P. Campbell
Dennis Dickinson
Mack and Cece Fowler
Bertha González Nieves
Gerda Maise and Daniel Göttin
Daniel Humm
Benjamin Hunter
Jim and Kathleen Jacobs
Stephanie LaCava
Jennifer Laird
Trey Laird
Nazy Nazhand
Enrique Olvera
Sally Ann Page
Lisa S. Pritzker
Pilar Crespi Roberts and Stephen Roberts
Ed Ruscha
Elizabeth Miller and Daniel Sallick
Ellen F. Salpeter
Alison Sarofim
Jennifer and Anton Segerstrom
Susan Sosnick
Anne-Cecilie Engell and Rob Speyer
Emily Glasser and Billy Susman
Catherine Walsh
Cynthia and Charles Wilcox
Alexandra Bowes and Stephen Williamson
Candace Worth
Anonymous

To learn more about the Marfa Restoration Plan and how to get involved, please contact Hannah Parker, Director of Development at hparker@juddfoundation.org.