The seventh annual all day, all access Doors Open Denver event runs tomorrow and Sunday, giving walking tour access to dozens of public and privately owned buildings. Snoops and historians alike can visit different structures throughout the city, ranging from recent turn of the century architecture to the century before -- and everything between. With the list of buildings to choose from growing quite a bit from year's past, we've gone ahead and picked five buildings of note -- some chosen out of beauty, and some out of plain old curiosity.
TAXI I, TAXI II, Freight RiNo District 3455, 3457, 3507 Ringsby Court A few years ago, the former headquarters of Yellow Cab Denver was turned upside down -- the radio tower and cab washing stations became a massive collection of lofts, artists studios, office and retail space. Incorporating the old infrastructure with stairway redesigns and huge window a additions, this complex of buildings is a modern throwback must-see.
The Anchor Center For Blind Children Stapleton 2550 Roslyn Street A structure built with function in mind, The Anchor Center For Blind Children is a beautiful building incorporating varying sources of light at every turn. The new building has a mid-century feel, and is lined with floor-lit hallways and kid-level, multi-colored windows.
Temple Emanuel 51 Grape Street Hilltop Built in 1953, the growing synagogue had needed an expansion, effectively uprooting from its original site at 16th and Pearl to the Hilltop location. Stately pointed rooftops and hidden pockets of stained glass give this place a worship its unique but still classic look.
Burnsley Hotel 1000 Grant Street Capitol Hill Since it's a hotel, there isn't much of a reason for Denver dwellers to visit the Burnsley Hotel -- all the more reason to take a peek this weekend. Originally built as apartments in 1963, 17-story tower made its transformation into a hotel just a few years later. The Burnsley's interior has been redesigned several times over the last few decades, but its gold and glass-door elegance remains.
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Tivoli 900 Auraria Parkway Auraria Campus Built sometime during the turn of the last century, the Tivoli has lived many lives -- first as a brewery, then a shopping center and movie theater, and since the '90s it has been a food, study hall and services hub for the Auraria Campus. Now stripped of its white paint exterior, the multi-level brick building has beer barrels, photographs and other artifacts from each era its life spread throughout.