Though Exposition Park has not officially won the race to become the home of George Lucas' Museum of Narrative Art, the legendary filmmaker is nonetheless moving forward with the entitlement process for his $1-billion legacy project.

According to plans filed earlier today with the City of Los Angeles, the proposed museum at 3800 Vermont Avenue would take the form of a five-story structure featuring approximately 312,000 square feet of space dedicated to exhibits, theatres, offices, lecture halls, classrooms, a library, shops and restaurants.  The project would replace two surface parking lots.

Last week, design architect Ma Yansoung of MAD Architects unveiled a spaceship-like design for proposed museum, which would feature an undulating metal form with landscaped terraces and ground-level park space.

Lucas is also considering a waterfront museum site on Treasure Island, an artificial land mass in the San Francisco Bay.  Lucas had previously sought locations in the Presido and along the Chicago waterfront, but was thwarted by community opposition.  A final decision is expected within two-to-four months.

The museum would immediatley east of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, and a short distance of the $350-million Banc of California Stadium.

Rendering of the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art (Image: MAD Architects)
Rendering of the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art (Image: MAD Architects)

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