Lighthouse Writers Workshop Tour

April 16, 2024

About the tour: The Lighthouse tour will briefly cover the preliminary planning and urban design of the York Street campus and address how the Lighthouse Writers Workshop fulfills its part of that vision. Starting at the front door along York Street, the tour will cover in greater depth the exterior architecture – the choices for forms, materials, and articulating elements. The tour will then proceed inside, showcasing the major public spaces including the Café, Library, Stairwell, Event Space, Salon, as well as the various classrooms and office spaces.

About the building: A Beacon for Literary TypesLighthouse Writers Workshop’s mission is Lighthouse fosters a community of writers and readers who share in the belief that writing has the power to transform lives. Language is our most common means of connection, and our writing workshops and events encourage individuals to share their stories.

The design concept combines spaces inspired by European salon culture with a palette of local materials reflecting the historic, industrial architecture of the York Street campus – brick, concrete, unfinished steel, corrugated steel and heavy timber. The building massing playfully combines variations on the historic campus’ traditional gabled roofs and industrial storage silos whilesuggesting the metaphor of the lighthouse.

About the tour guides: Collin Kemberlin is a Colorado-based architect with nearly 30 years of experience designing local, national and international projects for a diverse body of clients – public and private, residential and commercial, historic preservation and new construction. Recent work reflects his great respect for Denver’s architectural history and the qualities that make the Rocky Mountain Region unique.

Alexa Culshaw (she/her/hers), Director of Marketing and Communications at Lighthouse, joined Lighthouse Writers Workshop in May of 2022. A Colorado native, Alexa has dedicated her professional career to our community through nonprofit work at Urban Land Conservancy and Children’s Hospital Colorado. She wholeheartedly believes in the power of writing and reading and is thrilled to continue serving the community at Lighthouse. Alexa holds a. Master of Arts in Renaissance Literature from the University of York (York, England) and a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Colorado College (Colorado Springs, CO). When she isn’t curled up with a good book or adding story ideas to the notes section of her phone, you can find her skiing in the winter and road biking in the summer.

Accessibility: 3 accessible surface parking spaces are located between the Lighthouse building and the Administration Building immediately east. Wheelchair access to the front door facing York Street is provided adjacent to the southeast corner of the building. Once inside, the facility is accessible, including an elevator and accessible restrooms on each floor.