The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts has received a $5 million commitment from Campbell Soup heiress Dorrance H. Hamilton, bringing the academy close to its goal of raising $35 million to expand its facilities.
With the gift from Hamilton, Philadelphia-based PAFA has raised a total of $30 million for the purchase and renovation of the former Federal Building near the academy's museum. When completed, the building will be used to bring all of PAFA's operations onto one campus and to expand the academy's exhibition space, school, caf�, and gift store.
"[The donation is] the solidifying gift that will ensure that the capital campaign gets done," said Donald Caldwell, chairman of the academy. "It puts us far enough into the campaign that we can now go after foundations and others that typically will not come in until a campaign is ensured of success."
The Federal Building will be named after Hamilton's husband, Samuel M.V. Hamilton, who was formerly a chairman of the academy's board. The renovations to the building are expected to be completed by the academy's 200th anniversary in 2005.