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Previewing the Denver Modern Home Tour: Love 'Em or Hate 'Em?

Nothing gets more Westword readers talking these days than the topic of development in Denver.

Likewise, there's plenty of debate about modern buildings popping up in neighborhoods all over the Mile High City.

Some people love them. Others hate them — or at least dislike the often jumbled juxtaposition of new-school design and classic architecture.

Against this backdrop comes the 2016 Denver Modern Home Tour, which takes place on Saturday, May 21. The structures featured on the tour will strike many as spectacular, and understandably so. But expect to hear heated debate about how they do or don't fit into the Denver that we all love.


The event runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the 21st; tickets are $35. Below, check out seven Denver Modern Home Tour stops via sample photos and accompanying text from the event's website. For additional pics and details, as well as ticket-buying info, click here.

A: Denver, CO

Architect: David L. Berton, AIA — RealArchitecture

This modern house took advantage of a narrow vacant lot in the hottest neighborhood in Denver. The residence was designed from the ground up in conjunction with the client and homeowner, who were looking for contemporary style to go with present-day comfort.

Every detail was considered: Handmade copper-art siding, elevator, a glass-enclosed wine cellar, a golf simulator room, custom stainless spa on the roof, tilt-and-turn windows, radiant flooring, and whole-house integrated control from a phone. RealArchitecture and UnRealConstruction worked with the client from land acquisition through move-in to create the house of his dreams!

B: Denver, CO

Architect: Elemental Homes & RKD Architects
Photography: Spotlight home tours


This home was originally designed in 1968 by Charles Haertling, one of Colorado’s most talented architects. In 2013, RKD Architects and Elemental Homes were selected to complete the design and construction of a major renovation to bring this spectacular home up to today's higher standard of living. The renovation has preserved the original integrity of the home while adding a master bedroom suite, new cylindrical glass entry feature, and a small rooftop pavilion where the owners will be able to enjoy a sunset over the mountains and city skyline.

  C: Denver, CO

Architect: Tim Pickard — Monopole Design Architecture and Construction
Photography: Ron Faliede, Tim Pickard


A new residence on an infill lot in the established neighborhood of City Park West. A modern structure that respects the scale, rhythm and proportions of the neighborhood, yet employs the latest in passive solar design techniques in its siting, construction and mechanics. Light, color, tactile surfaces and natural materials all add to the human experience of the residence.

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