On Aug. 4, Denver Architecture Foundation (DAF) is releasing two significant audio tour journeys, free and accessible at denveraudiotours.org, featuring 24 locations historically significant to Denver and highlighting more than a century of the Mile High City’s architecture and cultural history. This project was paid for in part by the History Colorado State Historical Fund.
Weaving together historic facts and preservation, the audio journeys tell an interactive story about Denver’s past, better explaining the present and helping to imagine the future. Tours can be explored on location or remotely, all while practicing safe social distancing. The journeys are in walking or biking distance from one another and are concentrated in downtown Denver and Civic Center, titled respectively “Downtown Denver: A Game of City and Empire Builders” and “Civic Center Park: A Speerian Play.”
The Denver Architecture Foundation champions the deep-rooted connections between architecture, education and community building. The audio tours are one example of DAF’s year-round programming designed to encourage the public to further engage with local architecture while learning about historic preservation.
“DAF values historic preservation as a means of celebrating diverse architecture, honoring styles and stories across distinct eras and protecting places that signify the heritage of our city and state,” said Pauline Herrera, DAF executive director. “The audio tours provide a unique opportunity to encourage exploration of our city and an understanding of its history, architecture and landscape. In telling these stories through an experiential means, DAF seeks to maintain our community’s collective commitment to existing landmarks and to protect the integrity of future landmarks.”
Tours include the following locations, by journey.
“Civic Center Park: A Speerian Play”
– Civic Center Park: Voorhies Memorial Gateway & Sea Lion Pool and Greek Theater & Colonnade of Civic Benefactors
– McNichols Building/Carnegie Library
– Denver City & County Building
– The Denver Mint
– Denver Art Museum North (Martin) Building
– Byers-Evans House
– Clyfford Still Museum
– Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art
– Evans School
– History Colorado Center
– Denver Central Library
– Colorado State Museum Building
– First Baptist Church
– Scottish Masonic Center
– Colorado State Capitol
“Downtown Denver: A Game of City and Empire Builders”
– Denver Union Station
– Oxford Hotel
– Rockmount Ranch Wear
– Sugar Building
– Larimer Square Historic District
– Hotel Teatro
– Ellie Caulkins Opera House
– Equitable Building
– Brown Palace Hotel
DAF recommends practicing safe social distancing while enjoying the audio tours onsite, which includes maintaining six feet of distance from other people and wearing a mask.