After years of litigation, court hearings, protests and fundraising, the renowned Barnes Foundation, long of Latchs Lane in Merion, finally broke ground this morning on a new $150 million museum building along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia.
“Let me say very clearly,” Mayor Nutter said before an audience of several hundred assembled in an enormous tent at the 21st Street site, “after a long journey, the Barnes is coming to Philadelphia. This is going to happen . . . One of the greatest museums in the world will be right here.”
The museum is slated to open in 2012.