More walls, for more art, more programs and more people
As CMA enters its sixth year in the historic Claremont Depot, the Museum is ready to transform the remaining spaces into galleries and a community room. The adaptive reuse of this historic building has been a very successful public/private partnership with the City of Claremont, Metro, and the generous support of members and friends.
With high ceilings and expansive wall and floor space, the new galleries will more than double our exhibition and educational opportunities and allow us to showcase a mix of art, sculpture, and media to inspire art lovers of all ages. The stunning addition of a glassed-in Community Room will reshape the West Portico into a venue for smaller programs, art classes, and special events.
Our expanded museum will be a catalyst to spur creative thinking, civic engagement, and innovative programming for a bright and inclusive future.
Depot Renovation Progress
The construction on the two most eastern rooms in the Depot is moving forward on schedule thanks to the generosity of museum members, friends and supporters in the community.
Local architect, John Bohn, of JBohn Associates, is heading up the project with contractor Darin Ross, of Ross Construction. Bohn has worked with the CMA Board of Directors since the Museum moved into the Claremont Depot in 2015. He developed the plans to renovate and restore the Atrium and add a “second skin” to the former Foothill Transit Office to turn it into a gallery, without impacting the original walls of the interior of the historic building.
The same care and attention to detail is being followed in remodeling the final two rooms in the Depot into galleries. The original, rare 100-year-old plank cedar flooring in the old bike room was saved, and, after milling and sanding, it is being reinstalled and stained. The adjacent room, the old luggage room, which had a cement floor will now have Douglas fir flooring stained to match the cedar in gallery 3. The original ceilings in both rooms are also being retained and track lighting will be hung from the ceiling in the two new galleries. The construction is expected to be completed by mid-September.
With high ceilings and expansive wall and floor space, the new galleries will more than double CMA’s exhibition and educational opportunities and allow us to showcase a mix of art, sculpture and media to inspire art lovers of all ages. As the “Imagine More Museum” fundraising campaign moves forward, the final piece of the expansion, the addition of a glassed-in Community Room will begin. It will reshape the West Portico into a venue for smaller programs, art classes, and special events. The expanded museum will be a catalyst to spur creative thinking, engagement and innovative programming for the broader community.
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