Denver Turnverein Walking Tour + Dance Class

September 11, 2023

Join DAF and Denver Turnverein for a tour exploring the history of Denver’s oldest dance organization. Denver Turnverein is excited to invite all attendees to stay for their ballroom class and dance after the tour. It’s sure to be an exciting evening!

About the tour: This tour will cover both the architectural history of the Denver Turnverein building and the plans about upcoming improvement projects. We will start the tour outside of the building to discuss the architectural design before moving inside the building. We will see interior design aspects of both the main floor, featuring the large ballroom, and the basement of the building. The tour will include some of the history of the American Turners, who founded the Denver Turnverein organization in 1865 and moved the organization to the current building in 1922, and information from the head of the German Schlaraffia Club.

After the tour, join Denver Turnverein for a free Ballroom dance class from 6:15-7:00pm. After the class, you are welcome to stay until 10pm to utilize the dance skills you learned and enjoy this historic Denver building.

About the building: Constructed in 1921, the Denver Turnverein building was initially home to The Coronado Club. Denver Turnverein acquired the Clarkson Street building a year later after The Coronado Club declared bankruptcy. This building features characteristics of Mediterranean Style architecture with its yellow color, stucco exterior, and ornamentation (History Colorado). The first floor of the building houses the large ballroom and a bar area, while a half basement holds a second, smaller dance floor, an antique wooden bar, and full kitchen.

About the Tour Guides: Larry Long, Board Member at Denver Turnverein was the Dance Director of Monday Ballroom and Thursday Countrypolitan dances for 5 years. Currently, Larry is a Dance Host on Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays and has been a social dancer for 21 years.

Wilfried Streicher is a business owner and President of Schlaraffia Denvera, Inc., established in 1914. He has been a resident of Colorado for over 33 years.

David Tippett retired in 2021 after a career in hospital facilities service. Both his career and his hobbies of rental properties and competitive ballroom dancing positioned David to give back to both the dance community and the 101-year-old classic facility at the Denver Turnverein. David participates in facilities maintenance projects and serves as Ballroom Dance Chairperson.

Accessibility: The building is two floors and does not currently have wheelchair access or an elevator. Guests will need to walk up and down a staircase to enter and exit the building and access the basement.