Appealing DOD urban adventures include a What Was This Building? tour offering background history on new and renovated locales, a Denver After Dark trek and an overview of Denvers Greenest Buildings, as well as guided expert tours of the Anchor Center for Blind Children; downtowns newly reopened Sage Building on the 16th Street Mall (formerly the broken-down Fontius Building); the innovative RiNo project Taxi; and the spooky Wastewater Management Building. Then theres the Dearly Departed Architects of Denver, a program at Fairmount Cemetery. You can also enter the new Doors Open Denver Photo Competition. Open to anyone with a camera, the contest encourages people to snap photos of their favorite buildings, then upload their best to a Flickr site for review by a panel of judges; entries will be accepted until April 24, so you can even take photos during the DOD event.
Are these suggestions the top of the heap? Maybe, but trust me -- theres no bottom of the barrel with this event. Contest rules and a complete list of tours and other events can be found at www.denvergov.org/doorsopendenver.
Sat., April 18, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sun., April 19, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., 2009