Turner Contemporary Designed by David Chipperfield Aims to Transform Town of Margate


MARGATE, ENGLAND (AP).- In a town that has seen better days, this is a red-letter day. For years in the English seaside town of Margate, things have shut down — shops, hotels, the Dreamland amusement park that used to draw crowds of visitors to this brash resort. Saturday, however, saw an opening, the launch of a 17 million pound ($28 million) art gallery that Margate hopes will restore fortunes which have declined since Britons abandoned bracing beach holidays for flights to sunnier spots. “The social and economic regeneration of the area has begun,” John Kampfner, chair of trustees of the new Turner Contemporary gallery, said Friday. “The whole atmosphere of the area has been transformed.”