DENVER – Kirkland Museum patrons lined 13th Avenue Sunday morning, ahead of the studio building making an eight block trek.
The entire building moved from Capitol Hill at 13th Ave. and Pearl St. to its new location in the Golden Triangle at 12th Ave. and Bannock St. The move will put the Kirkland Museum in Denver’s art district.
Vance Kirkland painted in the building for most of his 55-year career. Kirkland is known for being among the most important Colorado and Regional painters of the 20th century.
The 150-ton studio building was expected to move between one and five miles per hour. Crews said Sunday’s relocation would take roughly seven to eight hours.
Many told Denver7 the move was highly anticipated. Crews said it was two years in the making.
The move was scheduled for 8AM Sunday, but museum officials pushed the move to 11AM. Crews said moving the building onto Pearl St. took longer than they anticipated.
The relocation shut down several roads between Capitol Hill and Golden Triangle over the weekend.
Some called the Kirkland Museum a “hidden gem” in Denver- a reputation many hope will change with its new location.
Museum officials said the museum should open at its new location in Fall 2017.