Denvers Architectural Beauty Free Event April 12 And 13

Dated: 04/12/2014

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The Denver Architectural Foundation invites you to celebrate Denver’s unique architectural landscape by taking part in the 10th Anniversary of Doors OPEN Denver. This free event gives you the opportunity to experience the built environment in 12 neighborhoods and visit many buildings that are typically not open to the public.

The 12 neighorhoods participating this year:
Auraria Campus   
Adjacent to Downtown Denver and the confluence of the South Platte River and Cherry Creek, the site of the gold rush from which Denver was born, the Auraria campus remains central a gathering place mixing history and modernity as the home of the Auraria Higher Education Center.

#Capitol Hill
Capitol Hill’s eclectic architecture brings together the early Greek Revival, Tudor and Victorian homes of Denver’s earliest days amid apartment buildings that began popping as the demand for housing grew during World War II, making the neighborhood one Denver’s oldest and densest.
Don't miss the Tears McFarland House located at 1290 Williams Street

This 8,700 square foot Colonial Revival mansion was designed for wealthy New York lawyer Daniel W. Tears. It is also called a classic because its floor plan is square.  Notable details include the colonnaded portico, Adamesque entry with elliptical fanlight, and door lintels with stone carvings. The second namesake of the house was Denver socialite and mining heir Frederick McFarlane, husband of the daughter of Central City's mayor.
Cherry Creek
Surrounded by tree-lined residential streets, the Cherry Creek neighborhood is a regional destination and a major commercial hub for the city and state, featuring boutiques, shops, art galleries, salons, restaurants and cafés.
With the Front Range serving as its backdrop to the west, Downtown Denver is a visually dynamic mix of historic and contemporary buildings at the heart of the city and serves as a major commercial hub for the state and region.
Five Points
Named for the common neighborhood reference to the intersection of Welton Street, Twenty-seventh Street, Washington Street, and East Twenty-Sixth Avenue, Five Points became Denver’s first predominantly African-American neighborhood in the first half of the 20th century and is now an emerging business district and cultural destination.
Golden Triangle
Rooted in the legacy of Mayor Speer’s “City Beautiful” movement and rife with redevelopment opportunity, the Golden Triangle is home to numerous state landmarks and destinations including Civic Center Park, the Colorado State Capitol, The Denver Art Museum and 15 historic structures listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Comprised of some of Denver’s most popular neighborhoods—Lower Highland, Highland and West Highland—the Highlands sit on the hills west of the Platte River, overlooking the city to the east, and offer a mixture of residential and urban living with its walkable and vibrant commercial districts.
Named for topography that offers views of the Rocky Mountains to the west, Hilltop features a mix of 1930s to 1960s bungalows and ranch-style homes, and newer, modern designs along spacious, tree-lined streets and parkways.
With the historic Union Station serving as a 21st century transit hub for the Denver metro area, Lower Downtown is a perfect example of urban revitalization that modernizes a neighborhood while preserving its historic treasures and harmoniously combines residential and commercial uses.
The Dry Ice Factory is a nice piece of history located at 3300 Walnut Street
This stalwart 1929 red-brick factory building in the RiNo arts district resembles the historic warehouses a little further south in LoDo. When operated by Liquid Carbonic, the factory produced dry ice and carbon dioxide for soda fountains; since then it has been repurposed to house dozens of artist studios, ceramic studios, and two separate fine arts galleries.
The Mariposa District
An example of one of Denver’s early working class neighborhoods, the Mariposa District is marked by its historic architecture and an eclectic mix of shops and cafes supported by light-rail transit that connects Mariposa to the Auraria Campus, Downtown and all its amenities in minutes.
Park Hill
A variety of housing styles including Tudor, Queen Anne, Bungalows, and Denver Squares set off this central Denver neighborhood, adjacent to Denver’s beloved City Park, and long known and celebrated for its cultural and economic diversity.
Mixing its industrial roots with a growing arts district, the River North neighborhood is experiencing great growth and revitalization thanks to transit-oriented development around its light-rail station at 38th and Blake, and new mixed-used developments like Denargo Market on Brighton Boulevard.
Santa Fe
This bustling art district features a quirky collection of galleries, museums and theaters and has been recognized nationally as a model of success in community revitalization led by the creative industries.
South Broadway/Baker
Bordered on the east by the eclectic South Broadway commercial corridor, the Baker neighborhood is one of the city’s protected historic districts, preserving the unique architectural features of Denver’s oldest residential neighborhoods within a vibrant, urban context.
A mix of Victorian and Queen Anne homes blend with modern high-rise apartments and lofts built along tree-lined boulevards to make up Uptown, a youthful and lively neighborhood where residents and small local businesses live, work and play.
  Thanks to the Denver Planning Office for these neighborhood descriptions.

Have fun this weekend!!!
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