DENVER (CBS4) – A historic Denver museum slowly inched through Denver on its way to a new location downtown on Sunday.
Crews lifted the foundation onto a set of six, heavy-duty remote controlled wheels. It was a complex process that started at midnight Saturday. Drone4 was launched to get a better view.
It was a move unlike many lining up along 13th Avenue have ever seen.
“It’s really interesting to see an old brick building move,” said a man interested in watching the move.
The entire 26-foot tall Kirkland Museum in Capitol Hill is getting a new home in Denver’s Art District. It’s a move owners decided on a couple years ago.
“We couldn’t move the museum without moving this studio. It’s a really integral part of our story because Vance Kirkland was such an important part of Colorado’s art history,” said Maya Wright, Kirkland Museum historian.
Street lights were adjusted to clear a path for the aging building.
“The structure underneath it is like a trailer, so it’s actually like a big mobile home on top of a trailer and it’s sitting on top of that, and we’ll just go very slow,” said Project Manager Bill Mascarenaz said.
Dozens of construction workers slowly moved the 105-year-old building through Capitol Hill. It will permanently sit for years to come in the Golden Triangle neighborhood.
“It feels like a birth — all of the excitement of creating a new part of this museum story that we’re so thrilled about,” Wright said.
As the Kirkland Museum slowly but surely made its short journey, art lovers can’t wait for it to reopen next fall.