4

The architecture of Colorado's transportation hubs is the focus of this bus tour

^
Keep Westword Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Denver and help keep the future of Westword free.

As light rail expands full force to the east and to the west of Denver and the B-cycle bike sharing program builds in Denver and Boulder, it's clear that Colorado is embracing a desire for accessible transportation. Historic Denver and the Denver Architectural Foundation are capitalizing on that with "Traveling Through Time: An Architectural Exploration."

See also: - Photos: Union Station tour digs dirt on transit hub, light rail - Hangar 61 - Saved by Colorado preservation - Architecture + Design Film Series opens tonight with a celebration of midcentury modern style

The bus tour, taking place Saturday, September 15, focuses on transportation developments of Colorado's past as well as plans for the immediate future. Participants in the half-day trek will go from Union Station to Stapleton to Denver International Airport and back. The architectural emphasis will begin with a discussion of Union Station's original framework, and the current Landmark Association-approved expansion of the urban hub, over an 8:30 a.m. brunch in the station.

"I think past ideas around transportation are so formative for our city, and with that comes a message of preservation," says Ann Levinsky, Director of Historic Denver. The Stapleton stop will focus on a viewing of Hangar 61, one of the defunct airport's original hangars used to house the Boettcher family's private plane. Built in 1959, the structure has now been adapted for use as a church. The DIA portion of the tour should definitely spark some conversation, too; with ground recently broken on new hotel and transit structures, the proposed architectural additions to the already-iconic tent structure will add a whole new visual layer to the airport. A stop in the main terminal will also include a look at a scale model of the new space and details on the architectural addition.

Architects, preservationists and representatives from RTD will be on-hand throughout destination stops to share information on projects past and present. Tickets for the tour begin at $40 and can be purchased via Historic Denver's website or by calling 303-534-5288.


Keep Westword Free... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Denver with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.