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Explore Our City Virtually During Doors Open Denver September 28 through October 15

Exciting news, friends! In the effort to continue the annual tradition of Doors Open Denver while prioritizing public safety, DAF is moving the event to a virtual platform for 2020. While the timing, duration and scope of the event has changed, what hasn’t changed is a focus on offering Insider Tours that provide exclusive access to – and unique information about – historic buildings, new buildings and everything in between. Due to the virtual nature of Doors Open Denver this year, we do not have the need for site and tour volunteers. We’re sincerely grateful for your past volunteerism, and hope we can count on you again in the future. THANK YOU for your understanding through this challenging time.

The Mile High City brims with beautiful, historical, and architecturally significant buildings that most of us never have the opportunity to explore—except during Doors Open Denver.  Christine Deorio | 5280

When is DOD 2020?

Doors Open Denver 2020 will take place virtually September 28 – October 15.

How do I participate in DOD 2020?

  • Virtual Insider Tours: Our 2020 event will highlight 12 of Denver’s unique spaces – cultural, commercial, private, civic and more – through online Insider Tours. We will feature one tour a day, four days a week (Monday through Thursday) for three consecutive weeks. Each tour will allow time for a question-and-answer period. Tours will cost $7 for DAF members and $9 for non-members. The full list of tours will be available when registration opens August 31. 
  • Y/OUR Denver Photo Competition: Doors Open Denver’s annual Y/OUR Denver Photo Competition will return in 2020! Once again in partnership with the Colorado Photographic Arts Center, we will accept online entries over the three-week event timeline, and the corresponding exhibit of top entries will open to the public virtually in December.
  • Audio Tours: Take advantage of our recently launched Audio Tours, which allow for getting outside to explore Denver’s architecture in a safe, socially-distanced way. On August 4, DAF released two significant audio tour journeys, titled Downtown Denver: A Game of City and Empire Builders and Civic Center Park: A Speerian Play. These FREE tours feature 24 locations historically significant to Denver and Colorado and highlight more than a century of Denver’s architecture and cultural history. The project was paid for in part by a grant from the History Colorado State Historical Fund.

A Look Back at DOD 2019

On the weekend of September 21 + 22, the 15th annual Doors Open Denver opened the doors to 51 architectural sites. In addition, our revered guides led 102 Insider Tours. An estimated 7,000 people explored these sites and tours. Plus, nearly 400 behind-the-scenes partners and volunteers helped make DOD 2019 a success.

DOD 2019 also shined a spotlight on one featured neighborhood: La Alma/Lincoln Park. Three neighborhood sites – Center for Visual Art, Su Teatro and Museo de las Américas – presented architecturally-inspired Arts + Culture Activities with contributions from 35 local artists.

Download our full DOD 2019 Event Recap!

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