Thanks to the thousands of visitors that experience transformative experiences with art each year, the DAM is in the top 20 most attended art museums in North America. Home to award-winning exhibitions and top-tier programs for all ages, the DAM is a place for shared, hands-on experiences, an appreciation for diverse cultures, and personal expression. It is a beacon for creativity and innovation, the very qualities that make our city great.
Nearing the 50th anniversary of the Gio Ponti-designed North Building, and more than a decade since the opening of the Frederic C. Hamilton Building, it is time to look toward the next milestone in our evolution.
The North Building project will expand the museum’s ability to serve the community, welcome guests to our city, and preserve and present priceless works of art from cultures around the world and throughout history for generations to come.
Construction is slated to begin in late 2017.
A Lead Gift Launches the Revitalization Project
Board Chairman J. Landis Martin and wife Sharon Martin presented $25 million to the DAM as the lead gift and catalyst to launch the transformation of the North Building. In honor of the Martins’ pledge, the North Building will be known as the Martin Building following construction.Learn More
New Welcome Center
Anna and John J. Sie have pledged a gift in support of the North Building revitalization project. In recognition of their generosity, a 50,000 square-foot addition, which will provide engaging spaces for programs, events, and dining will be named The Anna and John J. Sie Welcome Center.Learn More
A Modernist Gem
The North Building was designed by Italian architect Gio Ponti and Denver-based James Sudler Associates. Its 7-story silhouette is celebrated as one of the first high-rise art museums, and is the only completed building in North America designed by the renowned Italian modernist.
New Architectural Partners
Fentress Architects of Denver and Boston-based Machado Silvetti have been selected to design and administer the construction of the project, following a master plan study developed by Tryba Architects.
The revitalization of the North Building will unify the Denver Art Museum campus, celebrate Gio Ponti’s iconic design and ensure the building’s relevance and stewardship.
Key project elements include bringing the museum’s renowned educational programs to the center of the campus, expanding gallery spaces for growing collections, including Design and Western American art, completing Ponti’s original vision for visitor access to stunning 7th-floor views, exterior site improvements, and updating environmental and other key systems to current-generation technology.
Images: Proposed architectural rendering of North Building from the Cultural Center Complex Garage. Proposed architectural rendering of an aerial view of the North Building at dusk. Courtesy of Fentress Architects and Machado Silvetti. Background photo of the North Building © Wayne Thom. Homepage photo of North Building at sunset © James Florio.