New Kirkland Museum Opens in Denver’s Golden Triangle Creative District

The newly opened Kirkland Museum, located at 1201 Bannock Street in the heart of Denver’s Golden Triangle Creative District.

DENVER — On March 10. the Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art celebrated the grand opening of its new 38,500-square-foot space in Denver’s Golden Triangle Creative District.  The Kirkland Museum’s original location in Denver’s Capitol Hill neighborhood opened in 2003 but outgrew that space due to increased attendance and expanded art holdings.


The project was first announced in January 2014 and crew broke ground on the new museum in September 2015.

On November 6, 2016 the 1,384-square-foot building, detached from the Pearl Street museum, was moved eight blocks west and placed on the north side of the new building in the same orientation as it originally sat on Pearl Street.

Jim Olson, FAIA, founding principal and owner of Seattle – based Olson Kundig, designed the new museum; Kirsten R. Murray, FAIA, a principal and owner of Olson Kundig, served as the managing principal of the project.

“In addition to museums and cultural facilities, Olson Kundig is known for designing extraordinary residences that contain significant art collections. Because Kirkland Museum is displayed salon – style with the feeling of being in a home, Jim’s design sensibility was a good fit,” said Hugh Grant, founding director & Curator.

Between the land and the building, the project cost $29.7 million. Funding for the new Kirkland Museum building was provided by Merle Chambers Fund. The foundation’s financial support for a new home for the museum is an investment in the further development of the vibrant Golden Triangle Creative District and Denver’s nationally important art scene.
The main level exhibition space, including Kirkland’s studio is 18,400 square feet. At the new location visitors will experience Kirkland Museum’s three collections (international decorative art, Colorado and regional art and works by Vance Kirkland) with approximately 65 percent more display space, arranged in its signature salon style.

The museum is located within walking distance to multiple cultural and civic institutions, including: Denver Art Museum, Clyfford Still Museum, Central Denver Public Library, History Colorado Center, the ART, a hotel and Civic Center Park. Convenient on – site parking, a new expanded museum store and enlarged art storage for improved long-term care are also benefits of the new location.

Contractors and Consultants

Owner’s Representative: Bill Mascarenaz, Mascarenaz & Associates, Golden, CO

General Contractor: Shaw Construction, Denver, CO

Electrical Contractor: Encore Electric, Englewood, CO

Mechanical Contractor: RK Mechanical, Denver, CO

Studio Move Contractor: Mammoth Moving & Rigging Inc., Parker, CO

Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing: MKK Consulting Engineers, Denver, CO

Structural Engineer: KL&A Structural Engineers and Builders, Golden, CO

Civil Engineer: Creative Civil Solutions, Longmont, CO

Lighting Consultant: Hefferan Partnership Lighting Design, Boulder , CO

Landscape Architect: Wenk Associates, Denver, CO

Images courtesy of Kirkland Museum.


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