Doors Open Denver

Denver Architecture Foundation’s signature event is exactly as it sounds – an opportunity to open the doors to the places and spaces that make the Mile High City such a special city in which to live, work, study and play.

From historic structures to contemporary builds, Doors Open Denver is an homage to Denver’s ever-changing built environment. The autumnal event draws thousands of architecture, art, history and culture enthusiasts, exploring and experiencing featured sites.

“Doors Open Denver has given me an opportunity to learn about well-known historical structures and homes that are not otherwise accessible to the public. This is a valuable public service for anyone interested in Denver’s history and architecture.”

Doors Open Denver 2021

Thanks to generous sponsors, incredible partners and patrons, Doors Open Denver 2021 blended virtual and in-person tour opportunities. Over the course of three weeks, patrons accessed 16 free, on-demand virtual tours. On the weekends, we convened small groups of patrons for expert-led, ticketed tours at these 12 sites:

  • City Park
  • Clyfford Still Museum
  • Eugene Groves’ Nordlund House
  • Fruitdale School Lofts
  • Historic 11th Avenue Hostel
  • Historic Baker Neighborhood
  • Historic Elitch Theatre
  • J. Roger Musick’s Bitman-Hower House
  • McGregor Square
  • Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre
  • LoDo
  • U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum

Along with virtual and in-person tours, we encouraged participation in complementary activities: Audio Tours and Y/OUR Denver photography competition. Audio Tours are free and accessible year-round. The annual Y/OUR Denver Online Photography Exhibition, in partnership with CPAC, will be released this winter.

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