Glenbow needs new building, president says

The president of Calgary's Glenbow Museum says it needs a new home.

The president of Calgary's Glenbow Museum says it needs a new home.

The Calgary institution has outgrown its present building on Ninth Avenue downtown and needs to move its collections to a bigger, better building, said Kirstin Evenden.

"Glenbow's been here since 1976. The building is dated, in that it is requiring increased maintenance," she said.

"And in addition, in that thirty years period audiences have changed. When we got into the game in this current facility it was not even a city of 500,000 people," Evenden said.

Several options are being studied, she said, from a collaboration with the new central library — which is slated to be built east of city hall —- to a new stand-alone building.

The Glenbow leases its current location.

"The treasure trove we have here — and the public responsibility all of us have to care for this in a way that meets international museum standards — is something that has to be looked at," Evenden said.

Most of the anticipated $250-million cost for a new museum would come from the provincial and federal governments, she said.

But Ald. Shane Keating said the city must be cautious and put needs ahead of wants.

At this time I'd have to say I wouldn't support it until all the dollar figures are put on paper," he said.

A final decision on a new home for the Glenbow is likely still two years away.