The Denver Art Museum Architectural Tour

May 14, 2024

In partnership with the Colorado Chapter of Docomomo.

About the tour: Tour guides Charles Cannon and Maria Cole were involved in two major renovations of the Denver Art Museum. The tour will start with the Martin Building – Charles will showcase the new areas of the building that Fentress added during the recent renovation and addition project.

We will then move to the Hamilton Building. Maria was involved in all phases of design of the Hamilton Wing: working in Libeskind’s Berlin studio through construction. She will share insights from the conceptual design and urban planning.

May 14 is a free day at the Denver Art Museum, so you will be free to continue exploring the Museum after the tour concludes at no additional cost.

Please note that a significant portion of this tour will be spent exploring the Denver Art Museum campus outdoors. Please dress for the weather.

About the Museum: The Denver Art Museum was founded in 1893 as the Denver Artists’ Club. Today, the Denver Art Museum is one of the largest art museums between Chicago and the West Coast. Comprised of the Lanny & Sharon Martin Building, the Frederic C. Hamilton Building, Anna & John J. Sie Welcome Center, and the Bannock Administration building, the Denver Art Museum features unique and highly recognizable architecture to house its more than 70,000 works of art. Learn more about the Denver Art Museum here.

About the tour guides:

Maria Cole, AIA is architect and Principal at Studio Cole. She is deeply committed to the power of the arts to enrich our individual and community lives. Maria holds a BARCH from Carnegie Mellon University and a Master of Global Studies from the Uniersity of Denver, Korbel School of International Studies.

While at Davis Partnership Architects, she was the project architect for Daniel Libeskind’s Denver Art Museum Expansion and David Adjaye’s Museum of Contemporary Art | Denver. In addition, she has worked on the Education and Collections Facility Expansion at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, the Denver Art Museum’s Textile Gallery renovation, and the Avenire Museum of Design and Merchandising at Colorado State University.

Charles Cannon has been a project manager and project architect for Fentress Architects for about 27 years. He has worked on many multi-phased projects including the Denver Art Museum. Other projects include the Colorado State Supreme Courthouse (Ralph L Carr Justice Center), the Denver Bronco Stadium and the National Museum of the Marine Corps. Charles has developed a design expertise for museums and courthouses.

Image courtesy of Davis Partnership Architects.