One of Houston’s most beloved art destinations and sacred spaces is closing for renovations in early 2019, making this holiday season a perfect time to visit. The Rothko Chapel is both a nondenominational place of prayer and a major work of modern art and has become one of Houston’s most-visited attractions. The chapel will close early next year for renovations, so if you haven’t yet been or want to stop back in for another visit, now’s your chance.
The Rothko Chapel was founded in 1971 by John and Dominique de Menil and designed by architects Philip Johnson, Howard Barnstone, and Eugene Aubry in close collaboration with renowned artist Mark Rothko. The chapel was designed to be a place of contemplation and reflection for all Houstonians and houses 14 works of art by Mark Rothko. In 2000, the Rothko Chapel was placed on the National Register of Historic places and today has become a symbol of peace and contemplation for Houston and the world.
The Rothko Chapel will close its doors on March 4, 2019 and will remain closed through the end of the year for renovations. The planned renovations include an upgrade to the landscaping and chapel grounds as well as an interior restoration designed to reconfigure the space’s skylight, lighting, and entryway. New enhanced green spaces will be installed aimed at highlighting the connections between the chapel and the surrounding neighborhood. In addition, new offices, archives, a library, and a conference room will be added.
Admission to the Rothko Chapel is always free, and the chapel is open 365 days a year from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. With the holiday season approaching, now is a perfect time to reflect on the past year and the true meaning of the season before the chapel shuts its doors early next year.
The Rothko Chapel is located at 1409 Sul Ross Ave., Houston, Texas.