Commission to review design for new Pomona College Museum of Art

The Claremont Architectural Commission will conduct a preliminary review next week of the design and site plan for Pomona College’s proposed new art museum.

The preliminary review—to be held at city hall on Wednesday, September 14 at 7 p.m.—will allow commissioners to provide comments to the project’s architects.

During the meeting, residents will have an opportunity to give public comment regarding the design. A final decision on the building will not be made until the architectural design, including corrections expressed by the architectural commission, have been addressed. A concluding public hearing will be held before the approval.

The new museum will be approximately 33,000 square feet and will include galleries, art storage areas and administrative offices. The site plan also includes a large landscaped plaza, covered walkways, outdoor sculptures and a loading dock area for delivery of art. The architectural style is considered modern and consists of various materials including poured-in-place concrete, clay tile roofing and wooden posts.

The Environmental Impact Report for the project, which was approved as part of the Pomona College 2015 Master Plan, was previously adopted by the Claremont City Council pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). Because of this approval, no further environmental review is necessary.

Copies of the preliminary plans are available at Claremont City Hall, 207 Harvard Ave., Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information on the proposal, contact Christopher Veirs at (909) 399-5486, or via email at

The meeting will be held in the council chamber, 225 W. Second St.


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