Modernism Series: An Evening at the Charles Deaton-designed Community Banks of Colorado Building – April 18

April 18, 2018

We are thrilled to present our new Modernism Series in partnership with Denver Modernism Week and sponsored by Adrian Kinney, Denver’s Mid-Century Modern Expert. The first event in the series is An Evening at the Charles Deaton-designed Community Banks of Colorado Building, 3501 S. Broadway in Englewood, on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 from 5:30 to 8:00 PM.

Learn about and celebrate the historic bank, originally the Key Savings and Loan Association. Tour this local modernist gem, built in 1967, and enjoy a lecture by Erika Warzel, the State Preservation Planning Manager for History Colorado. An exhibit and video on the bank, on loan from the Museum of Outdoor Arts, will also be on view. The evening includes food and wine. See the event program below, email us with your questions and register HERE!

5:30 PM Tour I of the Bank
5:50 PM Tour II of the Bank
6:20 PM Lecture with Erika Warzel
7:00 PM Social Hour including libations + nibbles
8:00 PM Fin

About the site: Englewood’s 1967 Key Savings and Loan Association building (now owned by Community Banks of Colorado) was designed by the Colorado architect and engineer Charles Deaton. The building’s modernist design signals a wider shift in bank design during the post-World War II era, when the previously conservative American banking industry transformed into a customer-oriented service industry. It is an excellent example of post-war Sculptural Expressionist design in Colorado. The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2016.

About the speaker: Erika Warzel is the State Preservation Planning Manager for History Colorado, overseeing the National and State Register, Centennial Farms and Roadside Marker programs for the State of Colorado. Prior to her joining History Colorado in 2008, Erika served as Director of Preservation Programs at Historic Denver, Inc., helping historic sacred places undertake preservation projects and running the organization’s easement program. Erika holds an M.S. in Historic Preservation from Columbia University and a B.A. in Liberal Arts from St. John’s College.

The cost of the event is as follows:
DAF Member: $45.00
Non-member: $55.00

Please note: Parking is available in the bank’s lot, the nearby public lot and east of Broadway on Hampden. As always, we encourage the use of public transportation, Lyft or Uber – thank you.

Image courtesy of Atom Stevens

Stay tuned for information on our next Modernism Series event, Cliff May in May – Homes Tour + Talk! Check out our events calendar to keep up-to-date with all DAF happenings.