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Denver - Civic Center Cultural Complex

This thread focuses on a group of cultural institutions located adjacent to one another in Denver's Golden Triangle Neighborhood, which is located immediately South of the Central Business District and immediately West of Capitol Hill. The location feels like an extension of the downtown area due to its proximity, and the city has given a sub-identity to these five or six blocks of the Golden Triangle closest to Civic Center Park by calling it the Civic Center Cultural Complex.

Denver Central Library:
One of the two blocks that touch the Civic Center Park in the complex is occupied by this structure; it actually consists of a much smaller library designed by Burnham Hoyt and opened in 1956 (shown here only in the background of the first photo) and dominated by the large addition designed by Michael Graves and opened in 1995.









History Colorado Center:
This historical museum is the flagship location of History Colorado, which operates many other historical facilities in the state. The building was designed by Tryba Architects and opened in 2012, occupying a majority of a block. Inside is a large atrium, numerous exhibit halls on several floors, offices, a café, and a top-floor outdoor terrace on one side. A multi-level parking structure is attached to the building and integrated into its design. History Colorado also operates the nearby Byers-Evans House Museum from 1883 on a different block in the complex (not shown in this thread).





































The ART Hotel:
The newest building in the complex occupies about one-third of another block and is attached to the Civic Center Garage and Museum Residences building that occupies the rest of its block (shown later). The hotel was designed by Davis Partnership Architects and opened in 2015.













Civic Center Garage and Museum Residences:
This is the building that occupies the same block as the ART Hotel, and has the multi-story garage in the center, wrapped on 2 sides by the Museum Residences and on the third side by the hotel. The Museum Residences are several floors of condos, with a casual restaurant and a small museum-like attraction on the ground floor. The attraction is called the CELL (Counterterrorism Education Learning Lab) with exhibits about terror events and explorations of solutions (due to the CELL's restrictive photo policy, its interior is not shown here). The garage side of the building is fronted by a greenspace that faces the Denver Central Library across the street, while one side of the Museum Residences is fronted by a pedestrian promenade that replaced a block of Acoma Street and also serves the Denver Art Museum's Hamilton Building across the walkway. In fact, both buildings were designed by Daniel Libeskind and opened in 2006. Libeskind's local partner was Davis Partnership Architects, the same firm that completed the adjacent ART hotel 9 years later.























Denver Art Museum - Hamilton Building:
This striking addition to the museum opened in 2006 and was designed by Daniel Libeskind, as was the Civic Center Garage and Museum Residences across the pedestrian walkway (shown previously). It contains the museum's larger entrance, main gift shop, smaller café, theater, atrium, and several floors of mostly temporary or changing exhibit galleries. It also has an outdoor terrace reached from the third floor, and an enclosed bridge connecting it to the older buildings of the museum across West 13th Ave. reached from the second floor.































































Denver Art Museum - Duncan Pavilion:
This small second-story addition to the Bach Wing of 1954 was added in 2006 to connect the bridge from the Hamilton Building (shown previously) to the North Building (shown next) and has a small seating terrace on the second floor.







Denver Art Museum - North Building:
Most of the museum's permanent galleries are in this 7-story structure, opened in 1971 and famous (?) as architect Gio Ponti's only completed project in the U.S.

































Denver Art Museum - Administration Building:
This separate new structure is in the same block as the Hamilton Building but located in the furthest corner from the museum entrance, behind the museum's loading docks, and not open to the public. It was completed in 2014 and was designed by Roth Sheppard.







Clyfford Still Museum:
This impressive small museum is entirely focused on one artist - Clyfford Still - and is located in the same block as the Denver Art Museum's Hamilton Building and Administration Building (shown previously) with a small greenspace in front. It was designed by Allied Works Architecture and opened in 2011.





































All photos taken by geomorph in 2016.

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Old Posted Jul 27, 2016, 1:59 PM
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Very interesting tour!

Thanks for the information and pictures.

Contrats and greetings from Madrid, Spain.
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great pics, the building and civic complex are great, although there were some annoying parking lots and underutilization to the south before you get to s broadway (one of the beatest and authentically hispterish streets in the nation IMO).
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nice museums and artwork! Great way to capture it all
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Some really great design there, impressive.
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denver has a funnily brutal aspect to its design asthetic.
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Centropolis, yes this little corner of Denver is quite striking in its forms, but it maintains a feeling of mostly inviting spaces. Just a block away is a civic core that is quite traditional and grand so there certainly is variety available nearby!
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Centropolis, although this next museum in Denver is not part of the Civic Center Cultural Complex, it is in downtown and probably is a further example of which you spoke: it is the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver.













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