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Almost half of this year's Insider Tours are brand new to Doors Open Denver and many fan-favorites are returning as well! Insider Tours are very popular and tickets often sell out - each ticket is $10 and pre-registration is required. Insider Tour Tickets are officially on sale to all! Click the button below to purchase your tickets online, find our downloadable event guide HERE, and we'll see you April 29 + 30!


WEATHER UPDATE: We realize that Saturday’s weather forecast is not ideal, and are checking it constantly. As in years past, the show must go on! Doors Open Denver happens rain or shine. Please check back for updates soon.
 

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New Insider Tours this year:

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

TOUR NAME DATE/TIME Meeting Location Description
01.

1025 Humboldt: Restored Humboldt Island Mansion

Explore 1025 Humboldt's retained historic integrity and recent renovations on this tour. The home was built by Thielman Robert Wieger, known for the Stanley Hotel and the former Temple Emanuel, in 1911 for Berthold Flesher Family at a cost of $10,000.

Guide: Steve Weil
Duration: 60 minutes


The tour will visit a grand scale classic Denver Square with Craftsman features and state of the art updates including a front porch with pergola wings, a leaded glass front entrance, a hipped roof with bracketed eaves and dormers, a front facade fenestration with decorative brick work, a grand central hall design with formal and servant staircases, a classic Denver Square symmetrical layout, a dining room with coffered ceiling and built-in leaded glass oak hutch, a living room features English Georgian walnut fireplace mantle, period crystal chandeliers throughout, a master bedroom with coffered ceiling and French doors to balcony, a rear sunroom with French doors to balcony, and a landscaped back yard over the buried garage.

The home's notable owners include Dean Paul Roberts (St. Johns Episcopal Cathedral) and Sandra Dallas, historian and novelist. Three generations of the Weil Family have lived here since 1973. The family founded and runs the iconic firm in LoDo, Rockmount Ranch Wear Mfg. Co. In 2008, Steve and Wendy Weil kept the family house and undertook a major renovation.

1025 Humboldt: Restored Humboldt Island Mansion Saturday, April 29 at 3:30 PM {tour_type}Explore 1025 Humboldt's retained historic integrity and recent renovations on this tour. The home was built...
02.

Adaptive Reuse in Action at Stanley

A small group of first-time developers have turned a former aviation manufacturing facility into a dynamic, community-focused urban marketplace featuring 54 independent and locally owned businesses, re-using as much of the original structure as possible. Come explore Stanley!

Guide: Bryant Palmer and Mark Shaker
Duration: 90 minutes

Wear comfortable and appropriate clothing and flat walking shoes.
Consider bringing an umbrella, sunglasses, water, and snacks.

Adaptive Reuse in Action at Stanley Sunday, April 30 at 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM {tour_type}A small group of first-time developers have turned a former aviation manufacturing facility into a dynamic,...
03.

Alan Gass’s Idiosyncratic Tour of Denver’s Primary Pedestrian District

A tour of Alan Gass’s favorite downtown Denver sites, ending with personal experiences and observations on how William Zeckendorf brought I. M. Pei to Denver. Enjoy a slow walk of two and a half hour duration, with stops at the discretion of the tour leader.

Guide: Alan Gass, AGGA Architecture & Urban Design
Duration: 150 minutes

Wear comfortable and appropriate clothing and flat walking shoes.
Consider bringing an umbrella, sunglasses, water, and snacks.
Young children must be supervised at all times.

Alan Gass’s Idiosyncratic Tour of Denver’s Primary Pedestrian District Saturday, April 29 and Sunday, April 30 at 2:00 PM {tour_type}A tour of Alan Gass’s favorite downtown Denver sites, ending with personal experiences and observations on...
04.

Art Collection of the Crawford Hotel at Union Station

Union Station’s art collection celebrates the historic building’s lifetime and catalyzes its rebirth as a mixed-use, transit-oriented hub. Curated by NINE dot ARTS, the collection’s eclectic, intermingled mix of artifacts, antiques, and artwork documents nearly every decade of the landmark’s existence. Original blueprints record the building’s 1914 expansion while historic train scrolls offer glimpses into Victorian-era life. Rescued ephemera from the Grand Hall’s original benches–wallet-sized photos, pocket change, sales tax tokens, luggage claim tickets, and even a 1940s Mickey Rooney trading card–serve as archaeological specimens of a bygone era while antique maps and vintage postcards detail the city’s physical and cultural evolution. Contemporary works by emerging and established Colorado artists blend seamlessly with antique pieces on display as many of the artists reinvent historic processes, techniques, subjects, and materials, splicing past and present in unexpected and delightful ways. Like the best personal collections, every piece in Union Station, every corridor, every room tells its own rich and vibrant story.

Guides: Molly Casey at 10:00 AM and Martha Weidmann at 2:00 PM
Duration: 60 minutes

Wear comfortable and appropriate clothing and flat walking shoes.
Consider bringing an umbrella, sunglasses, water, and snacks.

Art Collection of the Crawford Hotel at Union Station Saturday, April 29 at 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM {tour_type}Union Station’s art collection celebrates the historic building’s lifetime and catalyzes its rebirth as a mixed-use,...
05.

the ART hotel Art Collection Tour

A tour of the curated, in-house art collection.

Guide: David Bodette, the ART, a hotel
Duration: 60 minutes

Wear comfortable and appropriate clothing and flat walking shoes.
Consider bringing an umbrella, sunglasses, water, and snacks.
Young children must be supervised at all times.

the ART hotel Art Collection Tour Saturday, April 29 and Sunday, April 30 at 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM {tour_type}A tour of the curated, in-house art collection. Guide: David Bodette, the ART, a hotel Duration:...
06.

Babi Yar Park - Denver’s Holocaust Memorial

Designed by Lawrence Halprin Associates and CHNMB, Babi Yar Park is a City and County of Denver Park, conceived as a memorial to those who died in one of the first massacres of the Holocaust at Babi Yar Ravine in Kiev, Ukraine, in September, 1941, and continuing over a period of two years. The tour will proceed from the Entrance Gateway along one triangle of a pathways system built in the form of a Star of David, stopping at three memorial locations. The locations include the People Place Amphitheater, the fountain in the Grove that Remembers, and the Railroad Car Bridge over the ravine.

Guide: Alan G. Gass, FAIA, President, Babi Yar Park Foundation
Duration: 90 minutes

Wear comfortable and appropriate clothing and flat walking shoes.
Consider bringing an umbrella, sunglasses, water, and snacks.
Young children must be supervised at all times.

Babi Yar Park - Denver’s Holocaust Memorial Saturday, April 29 and Sunday, April 30 at 10:00 AM {tour_type}Designed by Lawrence Halprin Associates and CHNMB, Babi Yar Park is a City and County of...
07.

Behind the Scenes Look at History Colorado Center’s Newest Exhibition, Backstory

Take a peek behind the scenes of History Colorado Center’s newest exhibition, Backstory; American Western Art in Context, sponsored by the Sturm Family Foundation. See archival materials relating to the exhibit and learn how collections are stored and cared for. Half-hour tours led by Collections & Library Division staff will take visitors into collection storage and work areas for access to artifacts and objects not on view. After the tour, guests are invited to explore Backstory.

Backstory, which opens March 18, 2017, pairs nearly 50 masterpieces from the Denver Art Museum’s renowned collection with History Colorado’s wealth of artifacts to tell the stories beyond the art. See the art. See the artifacts. Get the backstory.

Guide: History Colorado Center Library Staff
Duration: 30 minutes

Wear comfortable and appropriate clothing and flat walking shoes.
Consider bringing an umbrella, sunglasses, water, and snacks.

Behind the Scenes Look at History Colorado Center’s Newest Exhibition, Backstory Saturday, April 29 at 11:15 AM, 1:00 PM, and 2:00 PM, and Sunday, Aprl 30 at 10:30 AM and 11:30 AM {tour_type}Take a peek behind the scenes of History Colorado Center’s newest exhibition, Backstory; American Western Art...
08.

Behind the Scenes at Sports Authority Field at Mile High

See Mile High Stadium as you have never seen it before!

Guide: Colorado Sports Hall of Fame Staff
Duration: 75 minutes

Wear comfortable and appropriate clothing and flat walking shoes.
Consider bringing an umbrella, sunglasses, water, and snacks.
Young children must be supervised at all times.

Behind the Scenes at Sports Authority Field at Mile High Saturday, April 29 and Sunday, April 30 at 9:30 AM & 11:00 AM {tour_type}See Mile High Stadium as you have never seen it before! Guide: Colorado Sports Hall of...
09.

Bosler House

Don’t miss this remarkable opportunity to see the complete (and ongoing!) restoration of a historic home.

Guide: Steve and Jan Davis
Duration: 60 minutes


Wear comfortable and appropriate clothing and flat walking shoes.
Consider bringing an umbrella, sunglasses, water, and snacks.
Young children must be supervised at all times.

Bosler House Saturday, April 29 and Sunday, April 30 at 10:00 AM, 12:00 PM, and 2:00 PM {tour_type}Don’t miss this remarkable opportunity to see the complete (and ongoing!) restoration of a historic home....
10.

Brown Palace Hotel

Discover how downtown Denver’s oldest continuously operating hotel incorporates elements of Italian Renaissance, late Victorian, Art Deco and contemporary architecture and design into a unique whole, beloved by generations of locals and visitors alike. Wheelchair access at 17th Street entrance; 4 stairs at one point on tour.

Guide: Debra Faulkner, Brown Palace Hotel

Duration: 75 minutes

Wear comfortable and appropriate clothing and flat walking shoes.
Consider bringing an umbrella, sunglasses, water and snacks.
Young children must be supervised at all times.

Brown Palace Hotel Saturday, April 29 and Sunday, April 30 at 1:00 PM {tour_type}Discover how downtown Denver’s oldest continuously operating hotel incorporates elements of Italian Renaissance, late Victorian, Art...
11.

Cableland, Official Residence of the Mayor of Denver

Guests will see all public and event areas of the home, as well as the Mayor’s private quarters. A brief history and Q&A will be included.

Guide: Daniel Beck, Cableland Home Foundation

Duration: 60 minutes

Wear comfortable and appropriate clothing and flat walking shoes.
Consider bringing an umbrella, sunglasses, water and snacks.
Young children must be supervised at all times.

Cableland, Official Residence of the Mayor of Denver Sunday, April 30 at 9:30 AM, 11:00 AM, & 1:00 PM {tour_type}Guests will see all public and event areas of the home, as well as the Mayor’s...
12.

Calder: “Monumental” Exhibition Tour at Denver Botanic Gardens

Enjoy an exclusive tour of the Gardens' "Calder: Monumental" exhibition on the opening weekend. This survey of iconic American artist Alexander Calder’s bold sculptures is the first outdoor show of Calder’s work in the west, and the first solo outdoor exhibition in the U.S. in more than a decade. A knowledgeable docent reveals insight about the artist's process, inspiration, and the works in the exhibition while walking through the Gardens' 24 acres. Calder’s monumental works are made of industrial materials and bolted steel plates. The works exhibited in Calder: Monumental are no exception–in some cases, a mobile structure sways at the top of the sculpture to create a “standing mobile.” In addition to the outdoor sculptures, one indoor mobile in monumental scale is presented in the Boettcher Memorial Center, on loan from the Denver Art Museum. The featured abstract and figurative sculptures span from 1956 through 1976.

Guide: Erin Bird
Duration: 60 minutes

Wear comfortable and appropriate clothing and flat walking shoes.
Consider bringing an umbrella, sunglasses, water, and snacks.

Calder: “Monumental” Exhibition Tour at Denver Botanic Gardens Sunday, April 30 at 1:00 PM {tour_type}Enjoy an exclusive tour of the Gardens' "Calder: Monumental" exhibition on the opening weekend. This survey...
13.

Capitol Hill’s Haunted History

Take a walk among some of the most haunted streets in Denver. Learn the history, stories, and urban legends of historic landmarks.

Guide: David White, D-Tours
Duration: 60 minutes

Wear comfortable and appropriate clothing and flat walking shoes.
Consider bringing an umbrella, sunglasses, water, and snacks.
Young children must be supervised at all times.

Capitol Hill’s Haunted History Saturday, April 29 and Sunday, April 30 at 12:30 PM {tour_type}Take a walk among some of the most haunted streets in Denver. Learn the history, stories,...
14.

City Park, Crown Jewel of the Queen City

Join us for a tour of Denver’s Crown Jewel, City Park, also known from Denver’s early history as the “people’s park.” We’ll explore City Park’s history and also its intrinsic beauty, sculpted by the vision of Denver’s pioneer founders and leading designers, such as Reinhard Scheutze, S.R. De Boer, George Kessler, and Charles Robinson. The Olmsted Brothers landscape firm worked on design elements in City Park in the early 1900’s and praised City Park’s “sense of spaciousness in contrast with the crowding that is elsewhere forced by the high land values of a city.” Photographs of City Park’s “early days” will be passed around.

Guide: Georgia Garnsey, Patty Paul, and Barbara Wright, City Park Friends & Neighbors
Duration: 90 minutes

Wear comfortable and appropriate clothing and flat walking shoes.
Consider bringing an umbrella, sunglasses, water, and snacks.
Young children must be supervised at all times.

City Park, Crown Jewel of the Queen City Saturday, April 29 at 10:30 AM and Sunday, April 30 at 1:00 PM {tour_type}Join us for a tour of Denver’s Crown Jewel, City Park, also known from Denver’s early...
15.

Colorado Ballet’s Armstrong Center for Dance

Join us for a tour of the Colorado Ballet’s new home and see the ballet as you’ve never seen it before!

Guide: Mark Hough
Duration: 60 minutes

Wear comfortable and appropriate clothing and flat walking shoes.
Consider bringing an umbrella, sunglasses, water, and snacks.
Young children must be supervised at all times.

Colorado Ballet’s Armstrong Center for Dance Saturday, April 29 at 10:30 AM and 12:00 PM {tour_type}Join us for a tour of the Colorado Ballet’s new home and see the ballet as...
16.

Colorado Convention Center Public Art Tour

The Colorado Convention Center Art Tour will offer a glimpse of the 2.2 million square foot facility and the various forms of art contained throughout. Attendees will also explore the event planning process, production, and execution.

Guide: Karissa Burns
Duration: 75 minutes

Wear comfortable and appropriate clothing and flat walking shoes.
Consider bringing an umbrella, sunglasses, water, and snacks.
Young children must be supervised at all times.

Colorado Convention Center Public Art Tour Sunday, April 30 at 2:00 PM {tour_type}The Colorado Convention Center Art Tour will offer a glimpse of the 2.2 million square foot...
17.

Confluence to Cuernavaca – The Central Platte Valley Park System

In the late 80's the Central Platte Valley was an industrial wasteland. During the past thirty years, through strong civic leadership and a mix of public/private partnerships, a series of open spaces have revitalized the South Platte River and catalyzed reinvestment, resulting in the densest mixed-use development area in Colorado. This tour will explore the open space system, the stories behind their development, and how they have re-shaped the Central Platte Valley.

Guide: Scott Jordan, Civitas
Duration: 90 minutes

Wear comfortable and appropriate clothing and flat walking shoes.
Consider bringing an umbrella, sunglasses, water, and snacks.
Young children must be supervised at all times.

Confluence to Cuernavaca – The Central Platte Valley Park System Saturday, April 29 and Sunday, April 30 at 1:00 PM {tour_type}In the late 80's the Central Platte Valley was an industrial wasteland. During the past thirty...
18.

Crawford Hill Mansion Tour

Come visit the Crawford Hill Mansion, which was built in 1904-1906. The magnificent home will be toured, and period photo boards as well as newspaper articles will be available for viewing pleasure. The mansion is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Brochures will also be provided to tour participants.

Guide: Renee McReynolds
Duration: 45 minutes

Wear comfortable and appropriate clothing and flat walking shoes.
Consider bringing an umbrella, sunglasses, water, and snacks.

Crawford Hill Mansion Tour Saturday, April 29 at 10:30 AM, 11:30 AM, and 12:30 PM {tour_type}Come visit the Crawford Hill Mansion, which was built in 1904-1906. The magnificent home will be...
19.

Creating a Healthy Workplace: The Colorado Health Foundation Offices

When The Colorado Health Foundation set out to plan and construct their new headquarters building, they wanted to make it one of Colorado’s healthiest places to work, and showcase how buildings can make a difference in the health and well-being in people’s everyday lives. Working with Davis Partnership Architects and Saunders Construction, their recently-completed offices incorporate a wide variety of strategies aimed at maximizing sustainable design and wellness. Representatives of the owner, architect, and contractor will lead a tour of the new building and showcase the key measures incorporated into the building to achieve their goals.

Guides: Peter Carlson and Ben Kallechey with Davis Partnership, Justin Cooper and Katie Hegarty with Saunders Construction, and Rahn Porter with The Colorado Health Foundation
Duration: 75 minutes

Wear comfortable and appropriate clothing and flat walking shoes.
Consider bringing an umbrella, sunglasses, water, and snacks.

Creating a Healthy Workplace: The Colorado Health Foundation Offices Saturday, April 29 and Sunday, April 30 at 10:00 AM {tour_type}When The Colorado Health Foundation set out to plan and construct their new headquarters building, they...
20.

Dairy Block / The Maven Hotel

Dairy Block will be a vibrant, walkable micro-district in the heart of Lower Downtown Denver. Celebrating the Front Range’s most inspiring retailers, food and beverage offerings, and urban office alongside an independent hotel by Sage Hospitality, as well as partners McWhinney and Grand American. Participants will view the lobby and an assortment of guest rooms.

Guide: Gerry Link
Duration: 60 minutes

Wear comfortable and appropriate clothing and flat walking shoes.
Consider bringing an umbrella, sunglasses, water, and snacks.
Young children must be supervised at all times.

Dairy Block / The Maven Hotel Sunday, April 30 at 12:00 PM, 1:00 PM, and 2:00 PM {tour_type}Dairy Block will be a vibrant, walkable micro-district in the heart of Lower Downtown Denver. Celebrating...
21.

Denver Art Museum Ponti Renovation

Hear first-hand about the exciting changes coming to the Denver Art Museum's iconic North Building. The building will receive much-needed updates and exciting new features in time for its 50th anniversary in 2021. Gio Ponti's only realized structure in North America, the North Building was one of the first high-rise museums built in the United States. Get the inside scoop and learn about the building while hearing about its future.

Guide: David Mecham
Duration: 60 minutes

Wear comfortable and appropriate clothing and flat walking shoes.
Consider bringing an umbrella, sunglasses, water, and snacks.
Young children must be supervised at all times.

Denver Art Museum Ponti Renovation Saturday, April 29 at 11:00 AM and 12:15 PM {tour_type}Hear first-hand about the exciting changes coming to the Denver Art Museum's iconic North Building. The...
22.

Denver Botanic Gardens: Architectural History

Denver Botanic Gardens, founded in 1947, features wonderful examples of two architecture periods: mid-century modern/Prairie and Beaux Arts. The Boettcher Memorial Tropical Conservatory celebrated its 50th Anniversary in 2016, and is one of the only concrete garden conservatories in the world. On the opposite side of the Gardens sits the Waring House, a Beaux Arts style mansion that was built 1927 as a private residence until 1959 when Mrs. Ruth Waring donated it to the Gardens. It is now used for administrative offices. This tour provides a rare chance to see the interior!

Guide: Erin Bird
Duration: 60 minutes

Wear comfortable and appropriate clothing and flat walking shoes.
Consider bringing an umbrella, sunglasses, water, and snacks.
Young children must be supervised at all times.

Denver Botanic Gardens: Architectural History Saturday, April 29 at 2:00 PM {tour_type}Denver Botanic Gardens, founded in 1947, features wonderful examples of two architecture periods: mid-century modern/Prairie and...
23.

Denver Center for the Performing Arts

Go behind the scenes to see how everything comes together at DCPA! Combining the talents of many is the only way we can bring our productions to life, and we want to share their stories with everyone who gets to see the final result. Our expertly guided tours take you beyond the stage as you explore costume shops, design studios, and Denver Performing Arts Complex venues.

Guide: Jill Schwager, Denver Center for the Performing Arts
Duration: 90 minutes

Wear comfortable and appropriate clothing and flat walking shoes.
Consider bringing an umbrella, sunglasses, water, and snacks.
Young children must be supervised at all times.

Denver Center for the Performing Arts Saturday, April 29 at 10:00 AM and 11:00 AM {tour_type}Go behind the scenes to see how everything comes together at DCPA! Combining the talents of...
24.

Denver Country Club Neighborhood Walking Tour

Get outside and enjoy a history of the Country Club homes and the families who have lived in them. The tour will focus on the original owners.

Guide: Mike McPhee
Duration: 90 minutes

Wear comfortable and appropriate clothing and flat walking shoes.
Consider bringing an umbrella, sunglasses, water, and snacks.

Denver Country Club Neighborhood Walking Tour Saturday, April 29 and Sunday, April 30 at 10:00 AM {tour_type}Get outside and enjoy a history of the Country Club homes and the families who have...
25.

Denver International Airport Public Art Tour

Since Denver International Airport (DEN) opened in 1995, world-class art has been an integral part of the architecture and environment of the airport. The new construction of The Westin Denver International hotel and transit center continues this tradition. Artwork is featured in all corners of the new facility. Much of the permanently situated artwork at DEN is either donated artwork or funded by Denver’s “percent for art” program. This program requires that one percent of construction dollars on large construction projects be set aside for artwork to be integrated into the site. Artwork created in the “percent for art program” was selected in a competitive selection process overseen by Denver Arts and Venues staff.

The collection of public artwork at DEN consists of 40 existing pieces, joined by six new works of art at the Westin hotel and RTD transit center. Growth and expansion of the airport ensures the addition of new works in the future. This tour covers just 20 pieces that can be viewed without going through airport security.

Guide: Carolyn Bendel
Duration: 90 minutes

Wear comfortable and appropriate clothing and flat walking shoes.
Consider bringing water and snacks.

Denver International Airport Public Art Tour Saturday, April 29 at 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM {tour_type}Since Denver International Airport (DEN) opened in 1995, world-class art has been an integral part of...
26.

Denver Press Club

This tour is of the nation’s oldest press club, including all three stories of the building, which has housed the club since 1925.

Guide: Alan Kania, Denver Press Club
Duration: 45 minutes

Wear comfortable and appropriate clothing and flat walking shoes.
There is no handicapped entrance. Consider bringing water and snacks.
Young children must be supervised at all times.

Denver Press Club Saturday, April 29 and Sunday, April 30 at 11:00 AM, 1:00 PM, and 3:00 PM {tour_type}This tour is of the nation’s oldest press club, including all three stories of the building,...
27.

Denver Urban Arts Fund Mural Bicycle Tour Along Cherry Creek Trail 

Enjoy the Urban Arts Fund Bike Tour along the Cherry Creek Trail with Mary Valdez, Public Art Administrator. Starting at Confluence Park, participants will ride bikes along the Cherry Creek trail to view 14 one-of-a-kind urban murals created by talented local muralists, national, and international artists. The tour will end on Cherry Creek Trail at approximately Speer Boulevard and Lincoln Street.

Guide: Mary Valdez
Duration: 90 minutes

Wear comfortable and appropriate clothing and flat walking shoes.
Consider bringing an umbrella, sunglasses, water, and snacks.

Denver Urban Arts Fund Mural Bicycle Tour Along Cherry Creek Trail  Saturday, April 29 at 12:00 PM {tour_type}Enjoy the Urban Arts Fund Bike Tour along the Cherry Creek Trail with Mary Valdez, Public...
28.

Denver’s Hidden Jewel: Denver’s Slavic Globeville

Join former Denver City Auditor, Dennis Gallagher, as we revisit Globeville’s history: the Polish, Russian, Slovenian, Croation, and Germans from Russia. The tour will include a visit to both Holy Rosary Slovenian Catholic Church and Holy Transfiguration Orthodox Church. We will examine the church's iconostas and holy icons, learn why Eastern Christians cross themselves differently from Western Christians, and remember Globeville's German Congregational Church. Come celebrate a forgotten part of Denver!

Guide: Dennis Gallagher, former City Auditor
Duration: 90 minutes

Wear comfortable and appropriate clothing and flat walking shoes.
Consider bringing an umbrella, sunglasses, water, and snacks.
Young children must be supervised at all times.

Denver’s Hidden Jewel: Denver’s Slavic Globeville Sunday, April 30 at 2:00 PM {tour_type}Join former Denver City Auditor, Dennis Gallagher, as we revisit Globeville’s history: the Polish, Russian, Slovenian,...
29.

Denver’s Iconic Hotel Bars

Enjoy an architecture happy hour at three beautiful hotel bars. This walking tour begins at Teller Bar in the Renaissance Downtown Denver City Center, which is situated in the Colorado National Bank building that was built in 1915, during the height of the American gold rush. The second stop, Cruise Room, is an art deco enthusiast's dream at the Oxford Hotel. The final stop is Terminal Bar in the grand hall of the Beaux Arts style Union Station. Learn about the architectural history of each building from hotel staff and the Doors Open Denver guide. Discounted drinks and food may be purchased at each bar. Cheers!

Guide: Erin Bird
Duration: 90 minutes

Wear comfortable and appropriate clothing and flat walking shoes.
Consider bringing an umbrella, sunglasses, water, and snacks.

Denver’s Iconic Hotel Bars Saturday, April 29 at 4:30 PM {tour_type}Enjoy an architecture happy hour at three beautiful hotel bars. This walking tour begins at Teller...
30.

Hangar 2 and Raygun Gothic Rocketship

After a decade as a vacant, “mothballed” military facility and several years of redevelopment planning, Hangar 2 re-opened in March 2011 as an exceptional example of an urban transformation. The re-use of Lowry’s first major historic building was carefully crafted with extensive community involvement and integrates this massive structure into its new neighborhood. Hangar 2 provides small, incubator office and retail suites to support Lowry’s entrepreneurial, sustainable and healthy living spirit, including the office for the Lowry Community Master Association, fitness studios and a Montessori School. The Lowry Dining District at Hangar 2 includes purpose-built, chef-driven restaurants that feature locally produced food and beverages. The District offers a variety of choices, including the Lowry Beer Garden, Rocket Ice Cream, North County, Lucky Cat, Café Mercato, Masterpiece Kitchen and Maui Wowi. Hangar 2 was honored as Colorado's most innovative building in 2015 by the Urban Land Institute and and has recently added one of Denver's most exciting pieces of public art, the Raygun Gothic Rocketship.

Guide: Jim Hartman, Hartman Ely Investments
Duration: 60 to 90 minutes

Wear comfortable and appropriate clothing and flat walking shoes.
Consider bringing an umbrella, sunglasses, water, and snacks.
Young children must be supervised at all times.

Hangar 2 and Raygun Gothic Rocketship Saturday, April 29 at 12:30 PM, 1:30 PM, 2:30 PM, 3:30 PM and Sunday, April 30 at 10:00 AM, 11:30 AM, 1:00 PM {tour_type}After a decade as a vacant, “mothballed” military facility and several years of redevelopment planning, Hangar...
31.

Historic Cole Neighborhood

Cole is one of Denver's oldest neighborhoods and has undergone tremendous cultural shifts in its 150 years. Take a trip back in time with us as we walk its blocks and share the history of several historic residential, commercial, educational, and religious structures, including: Cole and Wyatt Schools, Annunciation Church, the Tramway Building, (Daddy) Bruce Randolph’s BBQ, and more!

Guide: Paul Kaiser
Duration: 90 minutes

Wear comfortable and appropriate clothing and flat walking shoes.
Consider bringing an umbrella, sunglasses, water, and snacks.
Young children must be supervised at all times.

Historic Cole Neighborhood Saturday, April 29 and Sunday, April 30 at 10:00 AM {tour_type}Cole is one of Denver's oldest neighborhoods and has undergone tremendous cultural shifts in its 150...
32.

Historic Denver’s Daniels & Fisher Tower Tour

This tour will be led by a Historic Denver docent and will cover the history of the 16th Street Mall and the Daniels & FIsher deparment store and iconic Tower. The view from the 17th and 20th floors is only available through Historic Denver's guided tours. The Tower Tour is accessible by elevator only to the 17th floor and the remainder of the tour is only accessible by stairs.

Guide: Historic Denver
Duration: 60 minutes

Wear comfortable and appropriate clothing and flat walking shoes.
Consider bringing an umbrella, sunglasses, water, and snacks.

Historic Denver’s Daniels & Fisher Tower Tour Saturday, April 29 at 1:00 PM, 1:30 PM, 2:00 PM, 2:30 PM, and 3:00 PM {tour_type}This tour will be led by a Historic Denver docent and will cover the history of...
33.

Historic Denver’s Larimer Square Walking Tour

This tour will explore Larimer Square "then and now". Participants will learn about the founding of Denver, how Larimer was once Denver's Skid Row, and this area's current status as a must-see Denver destination. This tour also includes exclusive access to the D&F Tower via three flights of stairs.

Guide: Historic Denver
Duration: 90 minutes

Wear comfortable and appropriate clothing and flat walking shoes.
Consider bringing an umbrella, sunglasses, water, and snacks.

Historic Denver’s Larimer Square Walking Tour Sunday, April 30 at 2:00 PM {tour_type}This tour will explore Larimer Square "then and now". Participants will learn about the founding of...
34.

Historic Denver’s LoDo Walking Tour

Put the guidebook down and join the LoDo Walking Tour! The LoDo Walking Tour tells the story of Denver’s founding, the arrival and impact of the railroad, the way buildings grew up around Union Station, and the transformation of the neighborhood. You will learn the reasons the neighborhood became a hot-spot, and understand the architecture that still makes LoDo unique. The tour will cover one mile of walking over a 90 minute period of time.

Guide: Historic Denver
Duration: 90 minutes

Wear comfortable and appropriate clothing and flat walking shoes.
Consider bringing an umbrella, sunglasses, water, and snacks.

Historic Denver’s LoDo Walking Tour Saturday, April 29 and Sunday, April 30 at 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM {tour_type}Put the guidebook down and join the LoDo Walking Tour! The LoDo Walking Tour tells the...
35.

Historic Denver’s Sheedy Mansion Tour

Tour Sheedy Mansion, constructed for Dennis Sheedy at a cost of $80,000 with no expenses spared! He was a remarkable man: an Irish immigrant who worked his way up in life. He worked at a general store and then moved west where he pursued mining, merchandising, freighting, and cattle ranching. You will learn about Dennis Sheedy’s life and glimpse into the historic interior that has been preserved over the years, despite multiple owners. See how the current owner uses the space for their offices. This tour will last 60 minutes and requires ability to walk three flights of stairs.

Guide: Historic Denver
Duration: 60 minutes

Wear comfortable and appropriate clothing and flat walking shoes.
Consider bringing an umbrella, sunglasses, water, and snacks.

Historic Denver’s Sheedy Mansion Tour Saturday, April 29 at 10:00 AM, 11:00 AM, 12:00 PM, 1:00 PM, and 2:00 PM {tour_type}Tour Sheedy Mansion, constructed for Dennis Sheedy at a cost of $80,000 with no expenses spared!...
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Historic Sixteenth Street

Explore the history and architecture of Denver’s longtime “main street,” Sixteenth.  For eight decades, thanks largely to its excellent streetcar connections to all parts of the city, this was where Denverites of all types came to shop, be entertained, have a tooth filled, register for the draft, conduct business, serve on a jury, or just have fun. With a particular focus on Denver’s lost department stores, follow historian Mark Barnhouse as he “fills in the blanks” of 16th Street’s past, for both longtime Denverites and newcomers.

Guide: Mark Barnhouse
Duration: 90 minutes

Wear comfortable and appropriate clothing and flat walking shoes.
Consider bringing an umbrella, sunglasses, water, and snacks.
Young children must be supervised at all times.

Historic Sixteenth Street Saturday, April 29 and Sunday, April 30 at 10:30 AM {tour_type}Explore the history and architecture of Denver’s longtime “main street,” Sixteenth.  For eight decades, thanks largely...
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Krisana Park Neighborhood

Built in 1954, Krisana Park was modeled on the California designs of Joseph Eichler. In 2015, Historic Denver produced a pattern book to increase awareness of Krisana Park's unique features and encourage sensitive adaptions. This prompted a successful application to the city for the creation of a conservation overlay district. The tour will include the historical background of the neighborhood's Modern style homes, a discussion of how to sympathetically maintain and remodel midcentury homes, as well as an introduction to conservation overlay districts as preservation tools.

Guides: Abbey Christman and Melanie Short
Duration: 60 minutes

Wear comfortable and appropriate clothing and flat walking shoes.
Consider bringing an umbrella, sunglasses, water, and snacks.

Krisana Park Neighborhood Sunday, April 30 at 1:00 PM {tour_type}Built in 1954, Krisana Park was modeled on the California designs of Joseph Eichler. In 2015,...
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Lodo’s Public Art Treasures

As LoDo has matured from the 1990s through current times, it’s public art has also evolved. The City and County of Denver’s Public Art program has provided a framework of pieces, while numerous private and semi-public entities have contributed as well. Each installation embellishes our urban experience. Join Denver Commission on Cultural Affairs member, Josh Comfort, as he highlights the intersection between Art, Architecture, and Urban Design.

Guide: Josh Comfort
Duration: 90 minutes

Wear comfortable and appropriate clothing and flat walking shoes.
Consider bringing an umbrella, sunglasses, water, and snacks.

Lodo’s Public Art Treasures Sunday, April 30 at 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM {tour_type}As LoDo has matured from the 1990s through current times, it’s public art has also evolved....
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Lower Downtown

Professor Tom “Dr. Colorado” Noel will explore Denver’s old Skid Row with you, showing how historic district designation transformed it into million dollar lofts, fancy restaurants, brew pubs, and other high-end establishments.

Guide: Tom Noel, University of Colorado Denver
Duration: 90 minutes

Wear comfortable and appropriate clothing and flat walking shoes.
Consider bringing an umbrella, sunglasses, water, and snacks.
Young children must be supervised at all times.

Lower Downtown Sunday, April 30 at 2:00 PM {tour_type}Professor Tom “Dr. Colorado” Noel will explore Denver’s old Skid Row with you, showing how historic...
40.

Mayan Theatre: The Story of an Art Deco Movie Palace with Chris Citron

Chris Citron, godmother of the Mayan Theatre, will recount the fascinating story of this Art Deco picture palace and the intriguing role the theatre played in the movie industry in the 1930s, as well as its melodramatic escape from the wrecking ball in 1984.

Guide: Chris Citron, Friends of the Mayan, Inc.
Duration: 75 minutes

Wear comfortable and appropriate clothing and flat walking shoes.
Consider bringing an umbrella, sunglasses, water, and snacks.
Young children must be supervised at all times.

Mayan Theatre: The Story of an Art Deco Movie Palace with Chris Citron Saturday, April 29 and Sunday, April 30 at 9:30 AM {tour_type}Chris Citron, godmother of the Mayan Theatre, will recount the fascinating story of this Art Deco...
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Office of Mayor Hancock–City & County of Denver

Visit the office of Mayor Michael B. Hancock and go back in time as you tour the hall of past Denver mayors. Take this opportunity to get to know Mayor Hancock, his administration and initiatives, tour his office, and learn about City government.

Guide: Anthony E. Graves
Duration: 30 minutes

Wear comfortable and appropriate clothing and flat walking shoes.
Consider bringing an umbrella, sunglasses, water, and snacks.

Office of Mayor Hancock–City & County of Denver Saturday, April 29 at 10:30 AM and 12:00 PM {tour_type}Visit the office of Mayor Michael B. Hancock and go back in time as you tour...
42.

Pattern Shop Studio Tour

The founders of RiNo Art Gallery are excited to share work by architectural fine art photographer, Jim Milmoe.

Guide: Rex and Sharon Brown
Duration: 90 minutes

Wear comfortable and appropriate clothing and flat walking shoes.
Consider bringing an umbrella, sunglasses, water, and snacks.

Pattern Shop Studio Tour Saturday, April 29 and Sunday, April 30 at 11:00 AM {tour_type}The founders of RiNo Art Gallery are excited to share work by architectural fine art photographer,...
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Renaissance Denver Downtown City Center Hotel

This tour will include the iconic western muralist Allen Tupper True's "Indian Memories" - a series of 16 murals - and feature historic elements from the building's original early 20th century construction as well as a history of the Colorado National Bank.

Guide: Michael Gayle
Duration: 30 minutes

Wear comfortable and appropriate clothing and flat walking shoes.
Consider bringing an umbrella, sunglasses, water, and snacks.
Young children must be supervised at all times.

Renaissance Denver Downtown City Center Hotel Saturday, April 29 and Sunday, April 30 at 11:00 AM, 12:00 PM, 1:00 PM, 2:00 PM, and 3:00 PM {tour_type}This tour will include the iconic western muralist Allen Tupper True's "Indian Memories" - a series...
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RiNo Art District: Behind the Scenes

Come enjoy a behind-the-scenes look at the RiNo Art District, and tour many of the places beyond the restaurants and bars. Plan to see inside many old buildings and newly developed places that have paid homage to the industrial feel of the RiNo neighborhood!

Guide: Tracy Weil
Duration: 90 minutes

Wear comfortable and appropriate clothing and flat walking shoes.
Consider bringing an umbrella, sunglasses, water, and snacks.

RiNo Art District: Behind the Scenes Saturday, April 29 at 10:00 AM and 12:00 PM {tour_type}Come enjoy a behind-the-scenes look at the RiNo Art District, and tour many of the places...
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Santa Fe Drive: Denver’s Gateway to Art and Culture

Spend an afternoon exploring the rich history, culture, and art along Denver’s Art District on Santa Fe. From performance art to Latino community heritage and fine art galleries to murals, our district offers a wide spectrum of culture and creativity. This walking tour will give you a taste Santa Fe Drive.

Guide: Amy Phare
Duration: 75 minutes

Wear comfortable and appropriate clothing and flat walking shoes.
Consider bringing an umbrella, sunglasses, water, and snacks.

Santa Fe Drive: Denver’s Gateway to Art and Culture Saturday, April 29 at 12:00 PM and 2:00 PM {tour_type}Spend an afternoon exploring the rich history, culture, and art along Denver’s Art District on Santa...
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South Platte River Vision Parks: Focus on Nature Play

For the past decade, Denver Parks and Recreation has been leading ambitious planning, design, and construction efforts along the 11+ miles of South Platte River that run through the City. When completed in 2019, there will be eight new and reconstructed river parks, totaling over $40 million raised from a coalition of partners. Two of the most recently completed parks are Grant Frontier and Pasquinel’s Landing, which are within easy walking distance of each other. This pair of parks exemplify the goals of the River Vision plan: recreational access to the river, regional trail upgrades, excavation and grading to improve visibility and access to the river, and extensive native habitat restoration. They both also include innovative Nature Play environments that strive to reconnect children and their parents to the beautiful natural environment of Colorado.

Guides: Adrienne Burton, Owen Snell, Michael Bouchard, and Mark Tabor, Denver Parks & Rec
Duration: 60 minutes

Wear comfortable and appropriate clothing and flat walking shoes.
Consider bringing an umbrella, sunglasses, water, and snacks.

South Platte River Vision Parks: Focus on Nature Play Sunday, April 30 at 11:30 AM and 12:30 PM {tour_type}For the past decade, Denver Parks and Recreation has been leading ambitious planning, design, and construction...
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TAXI Tour

TAXI is a mixed-use, live-work campus of nine commercial and residential buildings, on the site of the former Yellow Cab dispatch, in the River North neighborhood. Many of the buildings at TAXI were designed by Dynia Architects, with the unique needs of new economy, creative workspace, and urban families in mind. Come to TAXI for a one hour, private guided tour of the campus from Peter Rae of Dynia Architects.

Guide: Peter Rae, RA
Duration: 60 minutes

Wear comfortable and appropriate clothing and flat walking shoes.
Consider bringing an umbrella, sunglasses, water, and snacks.

TAXI Tour Saturday, April 29 at 11:00 AM and 12:30 PM {tour_type}TAXI is a mixed-use, live-work campus of nine commercial and residential buildings, on the site of...
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University of Denver

Chancellor Chopp committed the University to crafting an inclusive master plan with a core principle of fostering a vibrant and inviting “DU Village”. The tours have the overlapping goals of sharing insights into DU’s history and providing an opportunity to welcome community engagement in the future of our campus and the adjacent neighborhoods. Led by individuals deeply involved with the design, construction, and stewardship of the campus, this tour will involve strolling the grounds with visits into buildings that reflect the strength of the University’s history such as Evans Chapel, as well as to some of recent projects like the Sie Complex.

Guides: Marc Wilkinson & Mark Rodgers
Duration: 90 minutes


Be prepared to walk up to two miles.
Wear comfortable and appropriate clothing and flat walking shoes.
Consider bringing an umbrella, sunglasses, water, and snacks.

University of Denver Saturday, April 29 and Sunday, April 30 at 10:00 AM {tour_type}Chancellor Chopp committed the University to crafting an inclusive master plan with a core principle of...
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Urban Neighborhoods with Dana Crawford

Urban preservationist Dana Crawford will present on the revitalization of Denver Union Station, followed by a guided tour.

Guide: Dana Crawford
Duration: 50 minutes

Wear comfortable and appropriate clothing and flat walking shoes.
Consider bringing an umbrella, sunglasses, water, and snacks.
Young children must be supervised at all times.

Urban Neighborhoods with Dana Crawford Saturday, April 29 at 3:00 PM {tour_type}Urban preservationist Dana Crawford will present on the revitalization of Denver Union Station, followed by a...
50.

Washington Park History

Starting at the Pavilion, this walking tour of the Park will include the history and features of the park, as well as some historic pictures. Let’s get outside!

Guide: Susan McCabe
Duration: 70 minutes

Wear comfortable and appropriate clothing and flat walking shoes.
Consider bringing an umbrella, sunglasses, water, and snacks.

Washington Park History Saturday, April 29 at 10:00 AM, 12:00 PM, and 2:00 PM {tour_type}Starting at the Pavilion, this walking tour of the Park will include the history and features...
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Westin Denver International Airport - New Age of Airport Hotels

This exclusive tour will begin at the entrance of the new Westin Denver International Airport Level 1. During this expert tour, Doors Open Denver participants will be able to view five different areas of the hotel. An expert from the Westin will be your guide along with representatives from Gensler, the lead designer and architecture firm for the Hotel and Transit Center Program. Participants will get a sneak peak into a guest room, the hotel conference center, the pool, and a visit to the Plaza that connects the Hotel to Denver International Airport.

Guide: Nick Davies
Duration: 45 minutes

Wear comfortable and appropriate clothing and flat walking shoes.
Consider bringing an umbrella, sunglasses, water, and snacks.
Young children must be supervised at all times.

Westin Denver International Airport - New Age of Airport Hotels Saturday, April 29 and Sunday, Aprl 30 at 9:30 AM and 11:00 AM {tour_type}This exclusive tour will begin at the entrance of the new Westin Denver International Airport Level...