June DAF Hard Hat Tour – Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art – recap

June DAF Hard Hat Tour – Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art
Tuesday, June 13, 2017 from 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM

Rendering of the new Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art, 12th & Bannock, opening early 2018—including Vance Kirkland’s original studio (at right). Elevation looking southwest on Bannock Street by Olson Kundig.


Building Owner: Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art
Bulding Architect: Olson Kundig
Building Contractor: Shaw Construction

Kirkland Museum is temporarily closed because we are building a new facility and relocating to 12th Avenue & Bannock Street, near the Denver Art Museum and the Clyfford Still Museum, in Denver’s Golden Triangle Creative District.


The new 38,500-square-foot museum, designed by Seattle-based Olson Kundig, is projected to open in early 2018.


In 1910–1911 English-born artist Henry Read (1851–1935) commissioned architects Maurice B. Biscoe (1871–1953) and Henry H. Hewitt (1875–1926) to design 1311 Pearl Street for his Students’ School of Art at 1311 Pearl Street in Denver. The Arts & Crafts building has only ever served the cause of art education, creation and appreciation.


In 2000, an addition to the original building was completed. This addition was built to the immediate south of the original studio & art school building. Kirkland Museum opened to the public on April 2, 2003 and welcomed the citizens of Colorado and visitors from around the world.


In 2013, 10 years after the museum opened to the public, it became clear that in order to best promote international decorative art, Colorado and regional art and Vance Kirkland, a larger building would be necessary. In January 2014, Kirkland Museum announced plans to move the museum to a new building to be built at 12th Avenue and Bannock Streets in Denver’s Golden Triangle. Over 450 guests joined Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock for the groundbreaking held September 10, 2015.


In early 2018 Kirkland Museum will open its doors to a new building, featuring the relocated 1910–1911 studio & art school building. The new facility in the heart of Denver’s Golden Triangle Creative District will feature the addition of new or expanded visitor amenities and provide a world-class display space to exhibit the collection in the salon style for which Kirkland Museum is known.