Doors Open Denver
Explore our City Inside Out!
“What a treasure this event is! A jewel in Denver’s crown.” ~ 2018 Doors Open Denver Participant
Doors Open Denver (DOD) is DAF’s signature event celebrating Denver’s architectural gems, historic and contemporary alike.
For a single weekend each year, DOD opens the doors to 60+ buildings, hand-selected by design experts. Thousands of residents and visitors traverse the city on self-guided and expert-led tours, participating in Arts + Culture activities, submitting images to the DOD photography contest and engaging with the built environment in new and surprising ways.
Looking Forward to DOD 2019
Save the date! Doors Open Denver 2019 is scheduled for September 21+22. Continuing our legacy of transforming Denver into an interconnected museum, we invite you to explore our city inside out. We look forward to seeing you in September!
Interested in becoming a DOD sponsor? Download the Sponsorship Package for more information!
Interested in becoming a DOD volunteer? Head over to our Volunteer page to get started!
A Glance Back at DOD 2018
DAF brought to life the 14th annual Doors Open Denver on the weekend of September 22+23, once again inviting residents and visitors to explore the places and spaces that make the Mile High City unique. Event headquarters animated Denver’s bustling Union Station and two additional spotlights featured two distinct neighborhoods – Five Points and Highlands. The Rossonian and Kirk of Highland anchored their respective neighborhoods, weaving together walkable sites to reveal the stories of Denver’s built environment. Altogether, 64 architectural sites across the city opened their doors for DOD 2018. Sites included:
- arts and culture venues like The Ellie and Clyfford Still Museum
- churches and temples, including the grand Trinity United Method Church
- civic buildings like the Byron White U.S. Courthouse
- schools and colleges, old and new alike – 1930’s Bryant Webster Elementary to 2017’s Aerospace and Engineering Sciences Building at MSU
- historic mansions, including these fan favorites – Lumber Baron Inn & Gardens, Governor’s Residence at the Boettcher Mansion & Capitol Hill Mansion Bed & Breakfast Inn
- new builds like MOXY and recent renovations like Dairy Block
In addition to FREE self-guided tours, DAF’s expert-led Insider Tours had over 2,000 patrons. Five Points Fortitude, DOD’s Arts + Culture platform, featured 6 activities and 36 artists at sites in the Five Points Historic District. DOD’s revived photo contest, Y/OUR Denver, attracted over 200 submissions. And DOD’s autumnal debut, previously held annually in April, reached an estimated audience of 11,000.