Architecture

Five Reasons Why It Would Be Stupid To Demolish Boettcher Concert Hall

I've never been a big fan of the City & County of Denver when it comes to architectural and artistic decisions. They've repeatedly dropped the ball on everything from I.M. Pei's Zeckendorf Plaza, which was demolished in 1996, to the proposed destruction of Civic Center Park's beauty in 2006, to running starchitects like Steven Holl and Santiago Calatrava out of town. And now those big thinkers are at it again with a plan to raze the Boettcher Concert Hall -- which is part of the Denver Performing Arts Complex -- and replace it with an outdoor amphitheater. News about the plan broke in July, when Colorado Symphony Orchestra chief executive officer Jerry Kern revealed a series of e-mails between himself and Kent Rice, director of the city's Arts & Venues Department, who said that demolition was the leading plan. (See our related story on the CSO's Jerry Kern.)

Hopefully, this idiotic scheme is now dead in the water. But this is Denver, so you never know. With that in mind, here are five reasons why destroying Boettcher is one of the city's most wrongheaded ideas in recent memory.

See also: Jerry Kern Has Made a Lot of Noise With the CSO -- But Can It Survive Discord With the City?