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Photos: Why the greater Civic Center area is one of Denver's architectural treasures

The Denver skyline rises behind Civic Center Park.
The Denver skyline rises behind Civic Center Park.
Trevor Andersen

Thousands of professionals in the fields of architecture, planning, design and related occupations, along with many vendors, are meeting in Denver June 20-22 for the American Institute of Architects' annual convention, this year titled "Building Leaders." In honor of the event, Westword art critic Michael Paglia gave over his column to a walk through Denver's treasure chest -- the greater Civic Center area.

Read that column, "Why Civic Center Park is a cherished urban treasure," and then read Paglia's list of ten other fantastic buildings elsewhere downtown. But first, here are photos by Westword photographer Trevor Andersen of the greater Civic Center area.

See also: - With the AIA convention in Denver, a look at ten architectural gems - The new History Colorado Center is an architectural triumph - The Denver Police Crime Laboratory offers engaging new art

Daniel Libeskind's deconstructionist Hamilton Building, from 2006.
Daniel Libeskind's deconstructionist Hamilton Building, from 2006.
Annex I, from 1949, is a sleek International-style low-rise.
Annex I, from 1949, is a sleek International-style low-rise.
Brad Cloepfil's restrained and exquisitely detailed Clyfford Still Museum, from 2011.
Brad Cloepfil's restrained and exquisitely detailed Clyfford Still Museum, from 2011.
The Denver Public Library's 1995 Michael Graves-designed postmodern addition.
The Denver Public Library's 1995 Michael Graves-designed postmodern addition.
The 1915 Colorado State Museum Building is a gleaming white-marble gem by Frank Edbrooke.
The 1915 Colorado State Museum Building is a gleaming white-marble gem by Frank Edbrooke.

 

The new History Colorado Center is the crowning achievement of David Tryba's career.
The new History Colorado Center is the crowning achievement of David Tryba's career.
The Lindsey-Flanigan Courthouse was designed by Keat Tan.
The Lindsey-Flanigan Courthouse was designed by Keat Tan.
The McNichols Building, designed as a Carnegie Library by Albert Ross, was completed in 1909.
The McNichols Building, designed as a Carnegie Library by Albert Ross, was completed in 1909.
Built in 1971, the Denver Art Museum's Ponti building is a glitzy take on brutalism..
Built in 1971, the Denver Art Museum's Ponti building is a glitzy take on brutalism..

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