SANTA FE — A revised design for the New Mexico Museum of Art’s planned new Vladem Contemporary museum has been approved by the State Historic Preservation Office, clearing the way for construction to begin on the $12.5 million project.
“This is a done deal,” said New Mexico Museum of Art spokesman Daniel Zillmann.
Vladem Contemporary will be housed in the former Halpin State Archives Building on Guadalupe Street at Montezuma Avenue.
The main difference between an earlier design by lead architect Devendra Contractor and the final design is a reduction in window space and the removal of perforated metal scrim that would have covered the window areas.
Although community members had raised objections that the design was for a structure too big and too modern, the Vladem Contemporary will still be two stories with a contemporary addition jutting out from the original structure along Guadalupe. A mural on the side of the building at 404 Montezuma Street that was painted in 1990, which some city residents had wanted to preserve, will still be eliminated.