The Denver Art Museum has announced a $25 million gift from board chair J. Landis Martin and his wife, Sharon, to revitalize and enhance an iconic structure on the museum's campus.
The largest single cash gift in the museum's history is also the lead gift toward a $150 million renovation of the museum's North Building, which opened in 1971. Designed by Gio Ponti, the seven-story North Building is celebrated as one of the first-ever high-rise art museums and is the only completed building in North America by the renowned Italian modernist. In recognition of the gift, the building will be renamed the J. Landis and Sharon Martin Building.
Scheduled to be finished in time to mark the building's fiftieth anniversary in 2021, the project will include bringing the museum's educational programs to the center of the campus, expanding gallery spaces for growing collections, completing Ponti's original vision for visitor access to sweeping top-floor views, and updating environmental and other key systems with the latest technology.
"The North Building is considered one of the most significant objects in the museum's collection, and our family is honored to support the much-needed rehabilitation required to bring it into the twenty-first century," said Lanny Martin. "The Denver Art Museum is a beacon of creativity, representing the incredible depth of the cultural community in our region, and it is critical that we continue to invest in it for the benefit of the entire community."