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The Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum Plaza gets a long-awaited repair.
(Austin)—You may have noticed the scaffolding and construction work going on at the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum in recent weeks, but this isn’t your typical building renovation. This initiative marks the beginning of a new era at the LBJ complex with the much-needed repair of the leaky LBJ Plaza, including the replacement of much of the Plaza by the Lady Bird Johnson Center.
“This addition will transform the Plaza into an inviting setting for a wide range of programs,” said Dr. Pat Clubb, Vice President for Employee and Campus Services. “It’s a fitting tribute to the life and works of Lady Bird Johnson.”
While the renovations and modifications to the existing buildings allow for much needed technological upgrades and expansion of the library and museum’s programmatic capabilities, the addition of two classrooms opening onto the Lady Bird Johnson Center will provide a much needed assembly area for library visitors. The renovations will also address deterioration that has occurred since the LBJ was built in 1971. The building design was state-of-the art, but through the years the building developed problems with water leaks.
In the interim, visiting the Library and Museum “will be an adventure,” said Flowers. “Guests may have to walk through tunnels – but the trip will be worthwhile. Permanent exhibits will remain, and a new exhibit called Power to the People: The Electrification of Rural Texas will open Labor Day this year.”
The $32 million renovation is funded by the Federal government and The University of Texas at Austin.
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Last Updated April 13, 2006