Martin Building Project


  • 2012

    Staff brainstorming/planning begins.

    North building in the sunset
  • 2014

    DAM conducts feasibility study and needs assessment.

    Exterior view of the North Building in 1971 detailing architectural elements designed by Gio Ponti

    Exterior view of the North Building, 1971. Photograph © Wayne Thom.

  • 2014

    DAM begins fundraising for the North Building Project.

    Fundraising begins
  • 2015

    Site and project master planning phase begins with Tryba Architects of Denver.

    Tryba architects logo
  • 2016

    DAM selects design team of Curtis Fentress Architects of Denver and Machado Silvetti of Boston to design the North Building with expanded, welcoming public spaces.

    Fentress and Machado logos
  • Dec, 8, 2016

    DAM announces North Building project, its scope and a $25 million lead gift from Lanny and Sharon Martin.

    Lanny and Sharon Martin
  • 2017

    Collections staff begin the lengthy process of moving more than 50,000 art works to safe, offsite storage.

    Lao Tzu being stored
  • Oct. 6, 2017

    DAM hosts free architect forum to share design plans with members and the public.

    Architect forum
  • Nov. 7, 2017

    Denver voters overwhelmingly support Elevate Denver Bond funding for infrastructural upgrades at the DAM and several other cultural facilities in the city.

    Elevate Denver logo
  • Nov. 19, 2017

    Denver Art Museum hosts community free day and celebration of the North Building, including performances and hands-on activities to say “See You Later” to the North Building prior to renovation.

    Kid playing in north
  • Nov. 20, 2017

    All onsite activity, including, school tours, exhibitions, collection presentations and events move to the Hamilton Building.

    Nov. 20, 2017
  • Jan. 10, 2018

    DAM celebrates groundbreaking of the North Building renovation project.

    Groundbreaking starts
  • Current

    Ongoing renovation work includes new plumbing, HVAC, access upgrades, technology, insulation and lighting. Construction of welcome center.

    North building under consturction
  • Fall 2021

    Anticipated reopening of all spaces in North Building, with new name Lanny and Sharon Martin Building.

    Rendering of new campus