September 2017 Around Town

Fourth Annual Great Douglas 
County Brew Tour – 
At a Craft Brewery Near You!

Douglas County Libraries (DCL) has once again partnered with craft breweries around Douglas County to promote local businesses and their products. The Great Douglas County Brew Tour is back for its fourth year of serving up local flavor during the month of September while inviting Douglas County residents to experience their library in fresh ways.

“With this unique, month-long event, Douglas County Libraries not only reaches patrons who aren’t typical library users, but we also get to highlight businesses that are a special part of our community,” says Kerri Morgan, program and events supervisor with DCL. “It’s a win-win for us and the participating businesses.”

A new stop on this year’s tour is Monk & Mongoose Gourmet Coffee in Lone Tree, adding to the variety of places in Douglas County to enjoy specialty brews. The Brew Tour’s featured events include beer and chocolate and beer and cheese pairings, a hipster coffee event, and brew-inspired crafts. Plus, several participating breweries are crafting limited-edition “library” brews to be tapped specifically during the DCL Brew Tour.

These are just some of the Brew Tour events happening during the month:

  • September 6, Lone Tree Brewing Company, Lone Tree: Beer and chocolate pairing
  • September 7, Living the Dream Brewing Company, Littleton: Crafty brews
  • September 20, Downhill Brewing Company (Elk Mountain Brewing), Parker: Beer and cheese pairing
  • September 21, 105 West Brewing Company, Castle Rock: Beer and chocolate pairing
  • September 27, Monk & Mongoose Gourmet Coffee, Lone Tree: Hipster coffee

Participating in the Brew Tour is free and offers opportunities to not only enjoy locally brewed craft beer and coffee, but also to win prizes and a bit of library fame. Visit DCL.org for more information and the complete list of participating breweries and events.

The Great Douglas County Brew Tour is DCL’s contribution to Outside the Lines, an annual Colorado library-led initiative to reintroduce libraries to their communities in engaging and creative ways.

Denver Art Museum to kick off
 initial stage of North Building 
Project in November 2017

Museum’s Hamilton Building will open on Mondays to expand visitor and student access during construction

DENVER – August 15, 2017 – After five years of planning, design work and fundraising, including inclusion in the General Obligation Bond up for approval by Denver voters this fall, the Denver Art Museum (DAM) today announced it will begin preparations for the North Building renovation work on Nov. 20, 2017. The landmark building will be open to visitors through Sunday, Nov. 19, and then will close to the public in order to remove collections and prepare the space for construction. Starting Monday, Nov. 20, the Hamilton Building, south of 13th Avenue, will be open to the public seven days a week to provide additional opportunities for visitor access during the renovation project.

“We are delighted to be taking a first step toward realizing plans to renovate the North Building, one of the City of Denver’s architectural gems,” said Christoph Heinrich, Frederick and Jan Mayer Director of the DAM. “Preparing the building for renovation is a complex process, including the movement of thousands of art objects, and needs to be undertaken to ensure we are beginning the project on the optimal schedule. This important renovation will extend the life of this iconic structure by addressing critical infrastructure issues which are crucial to meeting 21st-century standards for the care and presentation of art. By presenting collection-based exhibitions in the Hamilton galleries during this time, visitors will have the opportunity to explore DAM’s permanent collections in new spaces with a fresh perspective, while exploring the world-class traveling exhibitions the DAM has become known for.”

The architecture team of Fentress Architects of Denver and Boston-based Machado Silvetti collaborated with the museum to create the design for the refreshed North Building and new Welcome Center. This work followed several years of planning for the North Building’s renovation, which began in 2012 with structural feasibility studies, followed by a master-planning process with Denver-based Tryba Architects. Upon the project’s completion, the North Building will include new spaces for the museum’s renowned Design and Western American art collections, as well as additional exhibition space. The work also will complete Gio Ponti’s original vision for visitor access to stunning 7th-floor mountain and city views, add exterior site-safety improvements and update environmental and other key systems to current generation technology.

North 
Building Project funding

The DAM has been privately fundraising for the North Building renovation for the last five years, receiving generous support from many early donors. The museum is also participating in the City of Denver’s General Obligation bond process to help fund ADA compliance, as well as life safety, mechanical, electrical, plumbing and outdoor-safety upgrades. The bond would help to complete the DAM’s fundraising effort by providing $35.5 million toward critical upgrades and enhancements within the North Project, approximately one quarter of the funds required to complete the estimated $150 million renovation. If the bond is approved, the DAM would match every public dollar with approximately 
three private dollars.

Architect Talks

On Friday, Oct. 6, the DAM will host two free talks with the North Building project’s architecture team from Denver-based Fentress Architects and Boston-based Machado Silvetti. Curtis Fentress and Jorge Silvetti will share project design concepts and talk about the inspirations behind them at two presentations at 3 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. in DAM’s Ponti Hall. Free tickets will be available to the public starting Aug. 22. Visit DenverArtMuseum.org/North 
for additional details.