New York City’s Louvre Museum has been torn down and the buildings it once housed destroyed, with the building’s former occupants left to mourn the loss of their homes and belongings.
The city announced the closure of the Lou, a 19th-century building on West 34th Street in New York, late Monday, with no explanation given.
The Louvre has been the subject of speculation and controversy for years, as many residents and tourists wondered why the museum was shuttered when its former owners decided to tear down the structure.
Some of the original buildings were demolished by a fire in 1892, in an effort to protect the historic site from being leveled.
It is now part of the new Museum of Modern Art in New Jersey, which opened in 2016 and is expected to open in 2021.
The museum, a world-renowned art museum with an estimated 2.5 million works, will house the world’s largest collection of classical, Renaissance, early 20th century, and modern art, among others.
The building has housed a number of buildings over the years, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National Gallery of Art and the Louvain Museum of Fine Arts.