DOD Archival Tour: Boiler House

August 30 through October 17, 2021

Doors Open Denver Archival Tour: Boiler House

Tour guides: Collin Kemberlin, Owner, Kemberlin Architecture and Fred Glick and Donna Bryson, Homeowners

About the tour: This is a rare opportunity to have a glimpse inside one of Denver’s newest and most exciting single-family adaptive reuse projects. This tour will be jointly led by the owner and architect.

About the home: The Boiler House is a 7,500 square foot single-family home in Denver’s Clayton neighborhood. Designed by Temple Hoyne Buell, the Boiler House originally contained three coal-fired boilers which provided steam heat to the other buildings on the campus. Together, they comprised the Denver Army Medical Depot, all built in 1942 to support the war effort. The Boiler House incorporates the original smokestack, coal silo and fly-ash building into a unique home which celebrates its original industrial volumes and materials while managing to be a warm, family home. The Boiler House also houses the owners’ art collection, including several site-specific commissions.

About the tour guides: Collin Kemberlin has over 25 years’ experience in architecture and design encompassing a great diversity of completed projects, including historic renovation and preservation, mixed-use, single and multi-family residential, hotel and retail and site planning. The common thread in his work is an admiration for Denver and the Rocky Mountain West and the pursuit of design that is environmentally and contextually responsible.

Fred Glick is an active commercial real estate developer working on small, interesting projects, primarily in Denver’s urban core. He is also an active community volunteer, currently serving as vice-chair of the board of RedLine Gallery and on the Downtown Denver Partnership’s Mobility Council and Urban Exploration Planning Committee. Fred previously served on, and chaired, the board of the Academy of Urban Learning, a Denver charter school founded by Jared Polis and Urban Peak to serve homeless students. Fred also previously led the Learning Spaces Committee at Denver Shared Spaces and was a member of the Mile High Connects Advisory Council. As a nonprofit consultant, Fred was instrumental in establishing the Aurora Welcome Center, a shared space serving immigrants and refugees. Fred is a Denver native, returning in 2012 after twenty years abroad in Swaziland, South Africa, India, Egypt and the United Kingdom. Before leaving the U.S., Fred was an arts administrator for modern dance companies in New York City. He holds a BFA from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and is currently enrolled as a master’s student in the University of Colorado Denver’s Urban and Regional Planning Program.

Donna Bryson is housing and hunger reporter for Denverite, an online newsmagazine that is part of Colorado Public Radio. Last year her work for Denverite earned her the Journalist of the Year honor from the Colorado Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Bryson has been a foreign correspondent for The Associated Press, based in Johannesburg, New Delhi, Cairo and London. She has freelanced for such publications as The Christian Science Monitor, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. Bryson’s 2018 book, Home of the Brave, recounts how Montrose, Colorado took on the challenge of helping military veterans reintegrate into civilian life. Home of the Brave won second place in the non-fiction book category of the National Federation of Press Women’s 2019 Communications Contest. Bryson is also the author of It’s a Black White Thing, which explores young South Africans’ attitudes about race. It’s a Black White Thing was shortlisted, in 2012, for the inaugural City Press Tafelberg Nonfiction Award, a national South African prize.

Video run time: 48 minutes

VERY IMPORTANT, READ IN FULL: This is an archived virtual tour, this is not a live virtual tour. Upon registering for this tour, the video will be available through the online event page on Eventbrite.

You will have access to the online event page to view the archival tour between the time of registration and Sunday, October 17.

You can access the online event page from:

  • The confirmation email you receive after registering. Click on “View the event.”
  • The event listing on Eventbrite (after registering). Click on “Access the event.”

NOTE: You must be logged in with the Eventbrite account you used to register to view the online event page and video.