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January 28, 2014

OKA designs museum in Denver

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Construction is slated to start next year on a two-story, 17,700-square-foot home for the Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art at 12th Avenue and Bannock Street in Denver's museum district.

Olson Kundig Architects of Seattle is designing the building with exhibit space on the ground floor and offices above.

A 1,300-square-foot building called the Vance Kirkland Studio, constructed in 1910, will be moved to the site.

Completion is set for late 2016 or early 2017.

The existing museum is in a residential neighborhood.

The Kirkland museum focuses on Colorado art from the 1870s through the 1980s. It also has an international decorative art collection of about 15,000 objects, with about 3,500 on view. The Vance Kirkland Collection is about 1,150 paintings and drawings, with 55 works on view.

Vance Kirkland was a modern painter in Colorado who died in 1981, leaving his studio and estate to Hugh Grant, the museum's founding director and curator.

A philanthropic group, the Chambers Family Fund, paid $4.4 million for the 26,000-square-foot site and will also pay for constructing the museum.

A museum official said the museum will get the land and building in the future.

He said the total cost is not yet known and the rest of the team has not been selected.

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