The Guggenheim Museum, located at Fifth Avenue and 89th Street, took a total of sixteen years from 1943 to 1959 before Frank Lloyd Wright’s creative vision was realized. Unfortunately, he died six months before the museum opened to the public on October 21, 1959.
The viewing gallery in the museum is a unique spiral ramp, which rises gently from ground level to the skylight at the top of the building.
From outside, the museum appears to be a white ribbon curled around a cylinder, making the building a sharp contrast to surrounding architecture. Wright famously said the Guggenheim made the Metropolitan Museum of Art "look like a Protestant barn."
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