THE TAXI COMPLEX AT 34TH AVE. & RINGSBY CT. HAS BEEN A MAJOR CATALYST FOR DEVELOPMENT IN RIVER NORTH NEIGHBORHOOD. Doors OPEN Denver tourgoers can visit all kinds of structures, historic to cutting-edge during the two-day event. Shown: Drive 1 at Taxi
by Amy Allen
full spectrum of Denver architecture, from vintage to contemporary, will be on
display at the 10th annual Doors OPEN Denver, Sat.-Sun., April 12-13,
10a.m.-4p.m. Doors OPEN Denver is an annual celebration of Denver’s
built environment and design, originated and presented by Denver Architectural
Foundation. This free event invites you to tour and appreciate the spectacular,
the new, and the historic buildings you see every day but may never have
More than 60 new and historic structures, in 12 different neighborhoods,
will be open to explore each day. Visit office suites, hotels, government
buildings, retail spaces, art galleries and architectural firms.
A variety of walking and bike tours – as well as Expert Tours
– add detail and perspective on architecture, history and neighborhood
context. Expert Tours of DIA’s new hotel project, Lower Downtown, the Byron
White Courthouse, Mountain States Telephone & Telegraph building, and
biking and walking tours of Public Art are but a few of the Doors OPEN
Denver options. All events are free, though Expert Tours require an entry
ticket, available in limited amounts each day at DOD Headquarters, 1801
Tour-goers may visit any of the open sites from
10a.m.-4p.m. each day.
Visit Headquarters for a map, pick up Expert Tour tickets or find advice
to plan your urban adventure. Headquarters opens each day at 7:30a.m.,
with Expert Tour tickets available at 8:30a.m. Arrive early
for best selection of tickets.
Differences in today’s architecture compared to that of early Denver are
many and distinct. Rough honed stone is out; huge panes of glass are in. New
and re-purposed buildings boast energy-conserving building materials and
design. The Cesar Chavez Memorial Building and the Student Success building on
the Metro campus at Auraria are among the many
examples of LEED Certified construction.
Photography is allowed in most locations, and Mike’s Camera is again
sponsoring a photo contest, so clean your lenses and look for contest
information at Headquarters when you arrive.
Info: visit doorsopendenver.com.