Explore Denver Inside Out at Doors Open Denver 2015!

The 11th annual Doors Open Denver will take place Saturday, April 25 and Sunday, April 26, when buildings throughout Denver will open their doors to the public for exclusive and rare viewing opportunities, exposing the inside of Denver’s unique urban fabric. Doors Open Denver is presented by the Denver Architectural Foundation and draws tens of thousands of attendees each year.

I’ve always been a big fan of Doors Open Denver, but I’m even more excited about the event now because I’m helping to organize it! I’m a new member of the Denver Architectural Foundation Board of Directors and I’m serving on the Doors Open Denver planning committee. My interest in working on Doors Open Denver is to help propel what is already the Mile High City’s premier urban exploration event into an even bigger and better opportunity for people to experience our beautiful city and learn about many of its interesting buildings and sites.

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Free participating sites include the Historic Sugar Building, the Dry Ice Factory, RedLine, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance, the Denver Art Museum, The Lobby-­Paris Hotel Building, The Source, Converge Denver and TAXI, among dozens of others. Several of the sites will offer free interactive activities and exhibits. For example, the Denver Fire Department Station #3 will provide firefighter gear demonstrations, fire safety education and giveaway items, and the Byers-Evans House Museum will host The Family Dog: Denver, an exhibition of rock posters from The Family Dog (1967‐1968).

Doors Open Denver also offers ticketed Insider Tours, providing engaging opportunities to view areas of buildings not frequently open to the public. This year’s tours include a look at the Mansions of Capitol Hill, the DaVita building, the D&F Tower, and the Counter-terrorism Education Learning Lab (CELL), along with many others. Tickets will range in cost from $5 to $25, and registration will open to the public on April 6. Proceeds benefit Doors Open Denver, a nonprofit organization.

To help celebrate and promote Doors Open Denver 2015, DenverUrbanism will be featuring brief profiles of over 50 of the free participating sites—one per day for the next 50-plus days—until Doors Open Denver weekend in April! To help with this monumental effort is our Doors Open Denver star intern Maggie Lyons, whose first site profile (featuring Denver Union Station, our Doors Open Denver 2015 headquarters) will appear here tomorrow.

By | 2016-12-27T19:52:31+00:00 February 26, 2015|Categories: Events & Meetings, Parks & Public Spaces|Tags: |3 Comments

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  1. Serena February 27, 2015 at 2:05 pm

    Looking forward to it, but I hope that tour organization will be better than last year! I showed up to the lobby and there was alot of confusion and even more waiting, and unfortunately was unable to participate in anything. With the advent of the interweb I hope you can take advantage of online signups.

    • Ken Schroeppel February 27, 2015 at 2:17 pm

      Totally! This year we will have online sign-ups for all tours.

  2. Lynn April 13, 2015 at 10:32 am

    Hi Maggie!

    My family and I are moving to Denver next month for his job, and since he is an architect, I was glad to come across your post and see so many modern buildings being constructed in the area. The SugarCube Building is my favorite in design out of the posts I reviewed on your site.

    I am curious…why does the city do this “Doors Open Denver” event? What brought it on? I think that it is great for residents who want to know more about the area, or for those who always see this attractive building, yet have no idea what it is for. It is also great for future residents like myself, to be able to view some parts of the city before moving there. Although, we will not be able to make it out to this year’s event, I look forward to going next year, as I will still be a newbie.

    Thanks for the info!
    Lynn Smith

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