County may appeal Barnes Foundation ruling

June 11, 2008 5:13:18 PM PDT
Montgomery County commissioners may decide to appeal a judge's ruling refusing to hold new hearings on moving The Barnes Foundation's renowned art collection. Dr. Albert Barnes' will said his art collection had to remain exactly where it was on his suburban estate. The foundation went to court to break the will, arguing that the only way it could stay afloat financially was to move the collection to downtown Philadelphia. That would put it closer to other tourist attractions and get around suburban rules restricting the number of visitors. A judge ruled in 2004 that the collection could move.

Opponents of the move want new hearings on the decision, but the judge said last month he wouldn't hold them. Montgomery County commissioners may decide at Thursday's meeting to appeal that.

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On the Net:

Barnes Foundation: http://www.barnesfoundation.org
Friends of the Barnes: http://www.barnesfriends.org

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