Monday, April 11, 2011

Celebrate Denver's Modern Architecture April 16-17 FREE

Gain an appreciation for Modern Architecture: ‘50s & Beyond during the 2011 Doors Open Denver events, with FREE lectures and tours at about 80 sites throughout the city. Doors Open Denver 2011 will take place the weekend of April 16 and 17.  Residents and visitors will have the opportunity to experience Denver’s built environment in a special way—from inside many buildings that are not ordinarily open to the public.  Attendees will have access to more than 70 of Denver’s prominent architectural gems and lesser-known treasures.  These include corporate offices, mansions, architecture and design studios, hotels, commercial and retail buildings, museums, educational facilities and more. Note that about half of the sites to be featured in 2011 are new to Doors Open Denver

Urban Adventures engage everyone and promote an appreciation of the facilities that comprise Denver’s rich architectural landscape.  Titles include:  
  • Denver Icons Recommended by AIA Denver (The American Institute of Architects)
  • Family Fun
  • Great Outdoors
  • Art & Architecture Spaces
  • Romancing Denver
  • Performance & Event Venues
  • Berkeley Neighborhood Walking Tour – NEW!
  • Stapleton Neighborhood Walking Tour – NEW!
  • University Park Walking Tour – NEW!
  • Cherry Creek North Walking Tour – NEW!
Also, more than 100 Expert Tours will be available in 2011.  A sampling includes:
  • Mayan Theatre
  • Mountain States Telephone & Telegraph Headquarters Building
  • Union Station, LoDo & the Red Light District with Tom Noel Public
  • Art Bicycle Tour – NEW!
  • Art District on Santa Fe Walking Tour – NEW!
  • Denver’s Public Art & Architecture – NEW!
  • Platte Valley/Commons Park Public Art Tour – NEW!
  • Cableland, Official Residence of the Mayor – NEW!
  • The Low Down About Denver’s LoDo with Auditor Dennis Gallagher
  • History Tour of 16th Street – NEW!
  • EPA Green Building Tour
  • Bicycle Tour of Stapleton Public Art – NEW!
  • Transforming Denver’s Civic Center – NEW!
  • Three Bridges: The Pedestrian Corridor on Upper 16th Street – NEW!
  • Hangar 2 at Lowry: Redevelopment of an Historic Hangar – NEW!
  • The Frederic C. Hamilton Building at the Denver Art Museum – NEW!
Expert Tour participants must pre-register at event headquarters on the tour day to reserve a place.  Tours have limited capacity, but many tours will be offered more than once.  Registration will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.  Only two tickets per person and two tours per day/per person will be permitted.  Only those wishing to take expert tours need to come to event headquarters.  Self-guided experiences can start at any participating location. Go to for details of expert and self-guided tours, urban adventures, and a complete list of sites, or visit Event Headquarters in Union Station (1701 Wynkoop St.) on either day of the event, 8:30AM.-4PM

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