Doors Open Denver Special Events and Receptions

Doors OPEN Denver is pleased to announce several new Special Events this year!

On three separate evenings, a cocktail party will be held at one of three spectacular buildings in Denver. These fundraising events will provide a unique opportunity to experience spaces that are not open to the public for Doors Open Denver or are only open on a limited basis. At each location, guests will be able to explore the space, hear noted speakers discuss the building and its history, and enjoy food and wine. These are truly events not to be missed.

In addition to the opportunity to enjoy a lovely and informative evening, guests will be able to show their support for Doors Open Denver and help keep the event one that is totally free to the public. This year is the 10th Anniversary of Doors Open Denver and the theme is Celebrating Neighborhood Architecture! It is the only city-wide architectural event oriented specifically to the public. Each year thousands of people come to Denver to explore the City’s historically significant and exciting new spaces. It is a major undertaking both in terms of time and cost. Your attendance at these special events will help insure that this exciting event continues to thrive.

Please join us at one or more of these events to show your support of Doors OPEN Denver and to enjoy a truly unique experience.  Each Special Event is limited to 50 individuals and the donation is $50 per person.

The Denver Architectural Foundation is a local nonprofit whose mission is to raise the public’s awareness of architecture and urban design and its importance in creating a great quality of life in Denver, produces Doors OPEN Denver every spring and is sponsoring these special events.

Thank you to the generosity of Jill  & Chuck Skinner, David & Stephanie Tryba and Lanny & Sharon Martin for showing their support for Doors Open Denver by opening their spaces for Doors Open Denver.

Daniels & Fisher Tower

 Daniels & Fisher Tower

Eventbrite - Doors Open Denver 2014 Special Event/Reception - D&F TowerTuesday, March 18, 2014, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

 The beautiful D&F Italian Renaissance tower is widely considered to be the architectural centerpiece of downtown Denver. The architects, Frederick J. Sterner and George H. Williamson, drew their inspiration from the Campanile in St. Mark’s Square in Venice Italy. When completed in 1911, at 378 feet in height, it was the tallest building in the U.S. outside of New York City. It remained Denver’s tallest building until 1953. The tower originally anchored the adjoining five-story Daniels and Fisher Department Store which was razed as part of the Skyline Urban Renewal project. The story of the preservation of the tower is as fascinating and uplifting as the tower itself.

Attendees will start on the 12th Floor of the tower and have access to the conference room floor and the balcony which wraps the tower, providing spectacular 360 degree views of Denver.

Mary Chandler, previously the art and architecture critic for the Rocky Mountain News, will discuss the architecture of the building, and a special guest will discuss the preservation efforts that kept the tower part of Denver’s historic legacy. This very special evening is not to be missed.

The Denver Union Station Tours will be like no others and include an overview of the public and private elements of the Denver Union Station project by University of Colorado instructor Ken Schroeppel, a hard hat tour of the Crawford Hotel in the Denver Union Station Building by noted historic preservationist Dana Crawford, and a reception at Kentwood City Properties directly across Wynkoop from the Station.

Denver Union Station and Crawford Hotel
Denver Union Station

SOLD OUT – Thursday, March 20, 2014, 3:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

 SOLD OUT – Saturday, March 22, 2014, 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

SOLD OUT – Saturday, March 22, 2014, 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The Denver Union Station Redevelopment Project is transforming the 19.5 acre site and the Central Platte Valley into a regional multi-modal transportation hub that includes an underground bus terminal, an eight-track commuter rail station, and a relocated light rail station. In addition to the transportation elements, the project includes new private development, the redevelopment of the historic Denver Union Station building, and major new public spaces: Wynkoop Plaza, 17th Street Promenade/Gardens, Wewatta Pavilion, and Light Rail Plaza.

Union Station Alliance, a team of accomplished redevelopers (Larimer Associates, Sage Hospitality, REGen, LLC, and Urban Neighborhoods), is managing the redevelopment of the Denver Union Station Building. The centerpiece will be the 110-room Crawford Hotel on the upper levels to be managed by Sage Hospitality.

Denver’s Larimer Associates is handling the retail leasing in the Station, which will feature more than 22,000 square feet of ground floor space divided into approximately 10 independent retail and restaurant outlets, complemented by a 12,000 square foot public common area, the “Great Hall”.

Denver Art Museum Residence

Eventbrite - Doors Open Denver 2014 Special Event/Reception - Museum ResidenceTuesday, March 26, 2014, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Located in the Museum Residences development directly across from the Denver Art Museum’s Frederic Hamilton building, the Martin residence is a triumph in the merging of modern architecture and art.  Designed by Daniel Libeskind in collaboration with Davis Partnership Architects, the Martin Residence integrates the bold exterior forms of the building’s exterior with dynamic interior spaces infused with light and geometry.

The concept behind the project centers on living with art.  The apartment incorporates innovative materials and details within the confines of its stark, angular design.  White walls and ceilings provide a neutral backdrop to a rotating collection of significant works by modern masters including Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, Alexander Calder, Clyfford Still, Donald Judd, Frank Stella, Dan Flavin, Roy Lichtenstein, Betty Woodman, and John Chamberlain.

As Lewis Sharp, the former director of the Denver Art Museum commented:  “You see a building and in the beginning it’s a void.  And suddenly objects come in and begin to play.  It shows what lovers of art can do when they bring creative people together and let them do their thing.  The apartment is an experiment in creative collaboration like no other.  To experience an evening there with friends in the presence of such an amazing collection of art is pure magic.”