Palace of Fine Arts wrapping up restoration 

It will have taken more than seven years and $22 million, but the final phases for construction at the Palace of Fine Arts will start in January and likely end in fall.

Phase IIB will provide seismic strengthening, more accessibility and several landscape projects like a new south entrance, pathways, paving at the rotunda and lagoon edge repair.

After that it’s on to the last stage, Phase III, a restoration of the Peristyle and costing The City about $1.9 million in addition to the Maybeck Foundation’s $1.4 million through a public/private partnership that started in 2003, according to Rec and Park.

The landmark was designed by Bernard Maybeck and built in 1915 as part of the Panama Pacific International Exposition and has gone under the knife a few times since but was never completely finished.

The concrete and steel elements, made from casts of the original structure, still stand today to uphold the Maybeck design.

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