‘Museum On The Move’ Creates Plenty Of Interest In Capitol Hill

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.

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“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.

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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.

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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.

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As the Kirkland Museum slowly but surely made its short journey, art lovers can’t wait for it to reopen next fall.

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