Historic Denver, Inc.
Open Denver 2013 will be held the weekend of April 13 & 14, with sites
welcoming visits at varying times, both days – check doorsopendenver.org for specifics and a wealth of other details.
This FREE, two-day event celebrating architecture and design welcomes guests
inside 66 sites, illuminating and illustrating its theme, The City Beautiful: Then and Now.
Doors Open Denver provides over 100 expert
guided tours, the Denver Box
City for Kids, a Focus on Architecture photography competition, and rides on the Platte Valley Trolley. Visit
Event Headquarters at the McNichols Building, 144 W.
Colfax Ave., from 7:30a.m.-4p.m. both days, to
register for expert tours, obtain complete location maps for self-guided tours,
and get questions answered.
Of special interest this year: guided bike
rides and tours of Denver Parks & Parkways, and many venerable – even
iconic – sites such as the Denver Dry Building, Hogle-Allison
Motors/Colorado Ballet Building, Washington Park Dos Chappell Bath House, and
the Civilian Conservation Corps Camp at Morrison; all are wonderful to wander
at a leisurely pace during self-guided tours.
Additionally, all four directional Denver
public high schools – East, West, North and South – which exemplify
The City Beautiful with their location on prominent sites, setting adjacent to
a park, and commanding views will be open to the public.
The City Beautiful movement was deeply
influenced by European Beaux-Arts architecture and the 1893 Chicago World’s Columbian Exposition, which marked the 400th anniversary of
Christopher Columbus’ arrival in the New World in an elaborate and extravagant
Characterized by parks, fountains, public statuary,
grand boulevards, handsome civic centers, prominent civic buildings and
comprehensive planning, The City Beautiful movement was both aesthetic and
based on the belief that a quality public and civic realm was key to the public
health of the citizenry and the financial stability and well-being of the
A little more than 100 years ago, civic
leaders aided by Mayor Robert Speer took steps to
adapt principles of The City Beautiful movement to distinguish Denver from
other dusty, poorly organized frontier towns. Mayor Speer’s master plan had
three phases: the development of Civic Center, the city’s extensive Parks &
Parkways system as settings for schools, libraries and residences, and the
Today, the Denver community continues to
value quality architecture that contributes to civic space, relates to the
natural environment and improves quality of life – still revealing the
possibility of social beauty, utility and harmony.
For more information, including a complete
listing of sites and expert tours, and details of Box City for Kids, lectures and VIP events, visit the website: doorsopendenver.org. To volunteer to help at any time throughout the
weekend, contact Carol Hiller, 303-282-5073, or visit the website, and click on