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Now in its seventh year, Doors Open Denver is opening up more doors than ever. The event, which gives everyday folks access to the unique, historical and just plain cool buildings that give our city its inimitable character, has added considerably to its roster: This year, there are more than seventy buildings to see and explore.

“They’re free and open to the public all weekend, and people can just come and go as they please,” says event manager Carol Hiller, “so you can find something you want to see, and then find other sites in proximity to that location.” There are some pretty choice locales to choose from, too, including the Denver Art Museum’s Hamilton Building, the converted TAXI complex north of downtown, and the Denver School of the Arts, to name a few.

For those looking for a more authoritative experience, Hiller recommends the 100 or so tours guided by historians, architects and other experts you can choose from — including a bike tour of Denver’s public art, a guided tour of 16th Street, a trip through Bill Daniels’s Cableland, and “Lowdown About LoDo” with City Auditor Dennis Gallagher. To get in on those, show up today or tomorrow at DOD headquarters (inside Union Station, 1701 Wynkoop Street), and the folks there will point you in the right direction. Tours run between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.; tickets are free, but you have to show up to get them. To guide yourself, go to Get our top picks for buildings and tours at
April 16-17, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., 2011

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