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Home Tours Open Up Doors: Wash Park East, UPark Gems | Print |  E-mail

by Paul Kashmann

Two of Denver’s high-profile neighborhoods urge you to shed cabin fever, stretch your legs and get an insider’s look at some of the area’s most appealing homes, at the University Park and Washington Park East home tours, coming up in early May.


FROM A THOUGHTFULLY UPDATED 1948 LOG CABIN TO STUNNING CONTEMPORARY new builds, the University Park Home Tour will feature five of the area’s most charming residences as well as the historic Chamberlin Observatory. Proceeds benefit University Park Elementary School.

The University Park Home Tour, Sun., May 4, 11a.m.-5p.m., opens doors to five varied and inspiring residences in south Denver, as well as the historic Chamberlin Observatory. With homes that range from an authentic log cabin to a new (built just last year), yet period-relevant Craftsman bungalow, this year’s tour is rich with architectural diversity. Proceeds from the event fund crucial learning programs at University Park Elementary School, 2300 S. St. Paul St.

The 1948 landmark log home was built from Forest Service-sanctioned logs from Rock Creek; an extensive renovation was undertaken a few years ago to add modern functionality while maintaining original integrity. The owners’ extensive collection of antiques is perfectly showcased, while an energy-saving geothermal heating system, and yoga room, provide a complimentary 21st century counter-balance.

Although built just last year, the Craftsman-style bungalow was designed with a multitude of vintage details. A circular front door takes inspiration from art nouveau buildings in Belgium, and the interior is breathtaking in its own right, with transom windows, box beam ceilings and reclaimed antique tile throughout.

You’ll find similar tempting touches in all the homes on the 2014 University Park Home Tour – don’t forget to stop by Chamberlin Observatory to peer through its spectacular telescope – and make plans to stop by one evening soon for a night of star-gazing.

Additional festivities will keep things lively at University Park School throughout the day, including a hands-on home and garden fair with activities for adults and children; a silent auction; book fair and bake sale; plus a panoply of food trucks, to be absolutely sure all cuisine needs and desires are thoroughly accommodated.

For information/advance tickets ($20) visit uparkhometour.org. Tickets are also available in the school office. The price increases to $25 on tour day. Presenting sponsor for the University Park Home Tour is Pam Adams, of Adams Company, Metro Brokers.

The 16th annual Wash Park Home Tour, Sat., May 10, 10a.m.-4p.m., features five distinctive homes on the east side of Washington Park, including one in the 300 block of S. Gilpin St., and four spanning the 300-500 blocks of S. Gaylord St. Proceeds from the event benefit programs at Steele Elementary School (320 S. Marion St. Pkwy.) and Denver Public Schools outreach program, helping homeless children break a cycle of poverty by providing essential educational support.

This Mother’s Day weekend tradition showcases notable single-family homes in a variety of styles from historic renovations to contemporary new builds, and updated architecture blending the best features of old and new. Tour stops include a 1912 Arts & Crafts residence; a home inspired by the work of Frank Lloyd Wright; a 1949 bungalow; an unabashed sleek modern design; and a 2013 new-build that hearkens to a much earlier vintage.

Complimenting the main event, the Wash Park Home Tour Street Fair will again hold forth on E. Dakota Ave., between Williams and High Streets, boasting food trucks, event sponsor booths, Steele’s greenhouse plant sale, and an art exhibit by Steele students, plus convivial fun with friends and neighbors.

Primary sponsors include Kentwood Real Estate, Stevenson Toyota Scion East and Lexus of Lakewood. Advance tickets for the Wash Park Home Tour can be purchased for $20 at washparkhometour.org or from Steele students. Tickets are $25 on event day at any tour home or the Home Tour Street Fair. Info: Amie, 303-358-5452 or Rachel, 720-939-6836.

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