The Museum of Non-Objective Painting would not be the permanent home for the art collection, though. The need for a permanent venue led to the commission of the present Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, which was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, and in 1959, the Museum opened. Sadly, Guggenheim died in 1949 before the building was complete.
The building design is considered one of the most significant achievements of Wright's career, as it serves as a symbol for modernism. The Museum includes a spiral ramp that circles the room. At the top of the ramp is a domed skylight, which leaves viewers in awe as it highlights the contemporary art collection. This design made the Museum more personal to the designer and to the collection.
Originally, Wright planned to incorporate a ten-story tower into the design that would provide offices, galleries, storage, and space for anything else the Museum needed. However, at the time the building was constructed, the budget limited this design plan. The idea was re-examined in the 1990s, and from 1990 to 1992, the building was renovated with an eight-story tower added. The new tower and renovations provided 51,000 square feet of gallery space.