How did the Queen City of the Plains come to be? Historic Denver tells the story through a new walking tour that starts this week on the red sandstone bricks of the Kettle Arcade in the 1400 block of Larimer Street, then weaves through Writer Square and along the 16th Street Mall before ending with a bird’s-eye view from the seventeenth-floor observation deck of the Daniels & Fisher Tower, discussing the follies and triumphs of urban renewal and city planning along the way.
Led by Historic Denver-certified docents, this Larimer Square trek — which joins the roster alongside the existing LoDo and Capitol Hill walking tours — pieces together Denver’s history through the architecture and operation of early structures downtown. “This glimpse into our past provides a sense of place — to see how these buildings were used in Denver’s past as well as their use in present-day Denver,” says Historic Denver’s Shannon Schaefer.
In honor of Historic Preservation Month, the organization is also launching its #BeHistoricDenver campaign, inviting city residents to use social media to hashtag photos of their favorite historic places and architectural gems around Denver. Users of the #BeHistoricDenver hashtag are automatically entered to win a private walking tour of Larimer Square with five friends.
The new season of Historic Denver Walking Tours kicks off May 1; each tour runs for roughly ninety minutes at $12 to $20 per tour. For tour dates and tickets, which must be purchased in advance, call 303-534-5288 extension 5, go to historicdenver.org or visit the Molly Brown House Museum, 1340 Pennsylvania Street.
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