The Aspen Art Museum’s current location is 590 N. Mill St., near the banks of the Roaring Fork River. Its new location will put it in the heart of downtown Aspen, at the corner of South Spring Street and East Hyman Avenue. [The anticipated new museum is fueling a concentration of new construction projects along Spring Street creating a new critical mass enlarging downtown Aspen’s central core area – City Market is on the south end of Spring Street. Search this site for "Spring St" and "Aspen Art Museum" articles and blog entries – Tim Estin]
ASPEN REAL ESTATE — The Aspen Art Museum (AAM) will host a groundbreaking ceremony for its new location at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 16, the nonprofit’s board of trustees announced late Tuesday. Construction of the 30,000-square-foot Shigeru Ban-designed art museum will begin early next year. So far, the art museum has raised $45.7 in capital campaign funds for the project, according to a news release…The push to build the new museum has been steeped in controversy with origins dating back to 2007. That’s when the Aspen City Council denied an application to redevelop the current site of the former Wienerstube restaurant — located at the same location where the Aspen Art Museum will be built — with 47,000 square feet and three stories of commercial and residential space. The owner/developer of the site, 633 Spring Street LLC, contested the decision with a lawsuit.In July 2010, however, city officials announced a settlement with the plaintiffs, in which the overall square footage was scaled back, and the museum — which wanted a larger, downtown location to replace its existing building — became the chief occupant on the property. As a legal settlement, however, the deal didn’t go through the usual planning and zoning procedure. Instead, after some meetings to answer questions and hear comments from the public, the council voted on Aug. 2, 2010, to approve the settlement.
By Staff report, August, 9 2011 AT
and see Aug 10, 11 ADN article on new museum
shigeru ban Atsushi Imai Memorial Gymnasium, 2002
shigeru ban Imai Hospital Daycare Center, 2001
shigeru ban Proposed new Aspen Art Museum 2011