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Doors Open Denver: Seeing the City From the Inside Out

Have you ever passed a building and been curious about what’s inside? Or have you seen an interesting doorway, stairwell or façade and wondered where it came from? Denver’s annual Doors Open Denver event on April 23rd & 24th 2016 might give you the chance to find out. With public access to over 60 buildings across the city, you can take a self-guided free tour of Denver’s buildings or pay for a guided tour that gives you access to even more interesting sites.

With the mission of allowing residents to see the city in a new, creative way and keeping people connected with Denver’s architecture, the Denver Architectural Foundation hosts this springtime event every year. Famous buildings like the Governor’s Mansion and Union Station are staples on the tour, but other hidden gems include the Historic Sugar Building on 16th Street, which is home to an intricate antique elevator and Cleo Parker Robinson Dance, a historic church turned dance studio.

New additions to the tour this year include the Lighthouse Writers Workshop, housed in a historic mansion off Colfax and The ART, a hotel, which is one of Denver’s newest and hippest architecture pieces. Other interesting sites include the Boettcher Concert Hall and the Buell Theater, as well as The Clyfford Still Museum and the Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art. In addition to museums and historic sites, the self-guided tour also allows access to the inside of several of Denver’s fire stations, as well as the interior of the Wellington E. Webb City Hall Annex.

One notable site that isn’t on the list this year is the Historic Molly Brown House. While the site was popular in past years, it is not on the tour and visitors would have to pay the $8 fee to enter if they’d like a tour.

Even without this location on the list, Doors Open Denver will provide a fantastic opportunity to see the city in a new way. Each site comes with a sign detailing information about the building, including year built, a brief history, who the architects were and how the building is used currently. Self-guided tour maps are provided both online and in-person at Doors Open Denver HQ – Union Station.

Have you participated in Doors Open Denver before? What are your thoughts on the events? Share your opinion with us in the comments!

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