Brinkman purchases Museum of Art building
The building is listed on the National Historic Register and was built 100 years ago. It formerly housed a post office, but has been owned and operated by FCMOA since 1991. The museum will retain ownership of the main floor of the building and will continue to present art collections there.
Brinkman will set to work renovating the space, replacing the aging infrastructure and making other improvements to support the building's tenants.
During its ownership, FCMOA occupied about 50 percent of the building's square footage and rented out the rest of the space to artist studios and office suites.
"With the sale, FCMOA's footprint will be smaller," said Marianne Lorenz, FCMOA executive director. "However, as a nonprofit whose budget depends on donations and grants, we will no longer be responsible for the expensive renovations and ongoing maintenance needed to keep the building viable."
"We'll be able to more directly apply our funds to bringing in the high-quality exhibitions our patrons and public have come to expect from us," Lorenz said.
The building needs renovations to the heating and cooling systems, according to Lorenz. The need became apparent after two air handling units failed in 2011, causing extensive water damage.
"The beauty of the architecture and quality of craftsmanship in this building is unique," said Kevin Brinkman, principal at Brinkman Partners. "We feel we have acquired not only an important part of Fort Collins history but a work of art as well. We plan to keep it as an important part of the city's business and cultural fabric."
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