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.
November 19, 2017, was the last day for the public to explore and enjoy the North Building galleries until renovations are completed. In preparation for renovation, Palettes restaurant served its last meal on September 10 after 20 years of incredible service.
During construction, the Hamilton Building is buzzing with activity, and is now open seven days a week. View current exhibitions here.
Within the Welcome Center, the installation of the mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems is complete in the lower level and is continuing within floors 1 and 2. The hanging of drywall has started on the lower level. Additionally, the steel structure for the feature stairwell is complete.
The process of installing the exterior glass panels will commence this month, with a total of 52 panels to be erected. Each curved, high-performance panel is made of three layers of 3/8-inch thick glass, with a laminated outboard construction, all fully tempered and heat soaked. The dimensions of the glass panels are 8 feet wide and 25 feet tall, and each weighs 3,200 pounds.
Inside the North Building, the installation of wood floors, bathroom tile and other finishes continue. The new elevator installation continues and the modernization of the existing elevators has started. Additionally, the Ponti Tube is scheduled to be placed later this month in its original location.
Crews are also getting started on the exterior sitework with the new bridge, generator vault and terrace work.
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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.
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.
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: Sharon and J. Landis Martin. Anna and John J. Sie. Photo by Steve Peterson. 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. Rendering of the planned west terrace outside the Helen and Arthur E. Johnson Galleries of Western American Art. Courtesy of Fentress Architects and Machado Silvetti. Background photo of the North Building © Wayne Thom. Homepage photo of North Building at sunset © James Florio.