Best Cultural Rest Stop (2001)

The courtyard between the Denver Central Library and the Denver Art Museum

The clouds are lifting, and sunshine is teasing you through the tiny window in your fluorescently lit office. It's time to grab your sack lunch -- or a jumbo dog from the cart at the corner of 13th Avenue and Broadway -- and head for the haven of solar-heated brick and concrete that stretches between the main branch of the Denver Public Library and the Denver Art Museum. This is no ordinary relaxation spot, though. It's a cultural courtyard where you can check out a literary tome from the library or just lean back and admire the funky sculptures around you. Whatever you do here, it's sure to provide a refreshing bit of inspiration to your harried work day.

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