SANTA CLARA -- Santa Clara University alumnus and real estate investor Ed Dowd has donated $12 million for a new art and art history building along The Alameda on the campus' north side, the university announced Thursday.
The modern three-story, 43,500-square-foot structure -- with classrooms, gallery displays, studios and a glass sculpture by Dale Chihuly in the lobby -- will replace the university's much smaller art building and is scheduled to be completed by 2016.
The university aims to raise $26 million total for the Edward M. Dowd Art and Art History Building, which will be built near Mayer Theatre, Recital Hall and other arts facilities.
"We are deeply honored and grateful that Ed Dowd has so generously provided this important foundation upon which Santa Clara University will build the new artistic center of campus," said Michael Engh, S.J., president of Santa Clara University.
Dowd graduated from Santa Clara in 1972. He owns EMD Properties Inc. in Los Altos and lives in San Francisco.