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Doors OPEN Denver – A Smorgasbord Of Design Delights | Print |  E-mail


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

The 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 entered.

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 California St.

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 on how 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.


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