Denver’s Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art is moving from its home in Capitol Hill to a new facility to be built in the city’s burgeoning Golden Triangle Museum District.
The Kirkland is currently located in an easy-to-miss spot at 13th and Pearl. Its new home of 19,000 square feet will be at the northwest corner of W. 12th Avenue and Bannock and will double the museum’s current space and give the museum a higher-profile setting among its cultural peers. Here’s a Google Earth aerial with the Kirkland’s new location outlined in yellow:
The museum’s new location is across Bannock Street from the Clyfford Still Museum and the Denver Art Museum’s new administrative office building. An ugly surface parking lot and an old structure currently occupy the property. The new museum building will anchor the corner at 12th and Bannock, with a small portion of the site reserved for some off-street parking. Here’s a Google Earth Street View image showing the corner:
The new Kirkland Museum will be designed by Seattle-based Olson Kundig Architects. While the new building itself hasn’t yet been designed, Olson Kundig has prepared the rendering below as a conceptual design for the new structure:
An interesting aspect of the Kirkland Museum project will be the relocation of Vance Kirkland’s original 1911 studio building from its current site at 1311 Pearl Street to the new site on Bannock. The relocated 3,011-square foot Arts & Crafts-style studio will be incorporated onto the northern end of the new Olson Kundig building, providing an intriguing architectural contrast between the two while preserving the artist’s original space as part of the museum’s new home.
Construction on the new Kirkland Museum is anticipated to begin in 2015 with completion in late 2016 or early 2017.