IMAGINE MORE MUSEUM

More walls, for more art, more programs and more people

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As the Claremont Museum of Art enters its sixth year in the historic Claremont Depot, the Museum is transforming the remaining spaces into galleries and a community room. The expanded museum will be a catalyst to spur creative thinking, engagement and innovative programming for the broader community.

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 CMA members and friends throughout the local area.  The CMA Board of Directors is immensely grateful to the city of Claremont for its support and for undertaking the mandated seismic and accessibility work on the eastern end of the Depot with funding approved by Metro with the Museum as the tenant. The Claremont Depot is part of Metrolink’s rail network, and it will be part of Metro’s Foothill Gold Line system in the near future. Further, Metro has made it a priority to support art in public spaces at each of its rail stops, which is why the Metro Board found it appropriate for Prop C funds to be utilized at the Claremont stop to support retrofitting and safety.

With a fund-raising goal of $300,000 for this final phase of the renovation, over $120,000 has been raised over the past two years in a quiet phase of the “Imagine More Museum” campaign to turn the two most eastern rooms into galleries. The new galleries are expected to open with a major exhibition of the Museum’s permanent collection in April, 2022.

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Portico interior
Portico

Gallery 2
Gallery 3

With high ceilings and expansive wall and floor space, the new galleries will more than double CMA’s exhibition and educational opportunities and allow the Museum 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.

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Depot Renovation Moves Forward

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.

Original flooring

The original cedar flooring is being reinstalled in Gallery 3.

The original cedar flooring is being reinstalled in Gallery 3.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.

New Douglas fir flooring is laid in Gallery 2, stained to match the cedar.

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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