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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.