What is Doors Open Denver?

Doors Open Denver (DOD) is an annual two-day event that provides opportunities for residents and visitors to explore our city, creating meaningful connections to the built environment. Each spring, the Denver Architectural Foundation (DAF) inspires the community to connect through self-guided or expert-guided (fee-based) tours of our city's unique spaces, including high-profile, historic, and/or artistic feats of architecture and design. Doors Open Denver tells the story of where Denver is, where it has been, and where it’s going.

What’s new at this year’s Doors Open Denver?


Open Sites:

Page Architects (The John Deer Building)

St. Paul Lutheran and Roman Catholic Community of Faith

Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce

Smiley Branch Library

Athmar Park Library

Pauline Robinson Library

 

Insider Tours:
Art Collection of the Crawford Hotel at Denver's Union Station
Babi Yar Park–Denver's Holocaust Memorial
Behind the Scenes at History Colorado Center’s Newest Exhibition: "Backstory"
Behind the Scenes at Sports Authority Field at Mile High
Bosler House
Calder: "Monumental" Exhibition Tour at Denver Botanic Gardens
Colorado Ballet’s Armstrong Center for Dance
Colorado Convention Center Public Art Tour
Crawford Hill Mansion Tour
Creating a Healthy Workplace: The Colorado Health Foundation Offices
Dairy Block / Maven Hotel
Denver Art Museum Ponti Renovation
Denver Botanic Gardens: Architectural History
Denver Country Club Neighborhood Walking Tour
Denver Urban Arts Fund Mural Bicycle Tour along Cherry Creek Trail
Denver's Iconic Hotel Bars
Historic Denver’s Sheedy Mansion Tour
Krisana Park Neighborhood
Lodo's Public Art Treasures
Pattern Shop Studio Tour
Renaissance Denver Downtown City Center Hotel
RiNo Art District: Behind the Scenes
University of Denver
Washington Park History

Who sponsors Doors Open Denver?

Doors Open Denver is possible thanks to the generous support of numerous funders and sponsors. See list here!

How many buildings are included?

There are 68 Open Sites this year! 

How do participants get around to each building?

Doors Open Denver is a self-guided tour either on foot, via public transit, bike, or car. On April 29 and 30 you are invited to start at Event Headquarters in the lobby of Union Station where you can pick up an Event Guide which contains a map, a list of participating buildings, and a list of available Insider Tours and other activities.


Since many buildings are located in central downtown, you are encouraged to use the bus or light rail–visit RTD for routes and schedules. car2go and B-cycle are also providing special offers exclusively for DOD participants. Check them out! 

How much does Doors Open Denver cost?

Thanks to the generosity of funders and sponsors, self-guided tours for Doors Open Denver are FREE. Tickets to Insider Tours may be purchased online for $10 per ticket.

How can I volunteer for Doors Open Denver?

Please contact Kyle Long at kyle@denverarchitecture.org for more information!