Denver conference planners have arranged several tours for you to get to know downtown Denver, Denver’s parks, neighborhoods and cemeteries, and the cities of Colorado Springs and Boulder.

  • Colorado Springs: with its stunning views of Pikes Peak and Cheyenne Mountain, Colorado Springs is situated about 70 miles south of Denver and boasts its own unique cultural attractions. You’ll pass through many unspoiled vistas (as well as some significant development) on the trip south, with the first stop at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, which borders the campus of Colorado College. The original FAC was designed by architect John Gaw Meem, and was recently renovated and expanded. See the article in the December 16th Denver Post: [http://www.denverpost.com/search/ci_7717708] for more. After time to view the FAC collections, and lunch at the FAC’s Terrace Restaurant, you’ll visit the Van Briggle Memorial Pottery, the original location of the oldest, continuously operating art pottery in the United States. The building is well preserved and richly decorated inside and out with tiles. The tour will then head west to the historic and luxurious Broadmoor Hotel, where a guide from the Historic Preservation Alliance will show the beautiful turn of the century architecture, paintings by Maxfield Parrish, and the decorative fountains and other elements currently undergoing restoration.
  • Boulder: located about 30 miles northwest of Denver, Boulder is known for its natural beauty and as the home of the University of Colorado (CU). The tour will begin at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), one of I.M. Pei’s most impressive works, set in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains just outside of Boulder. The next stop will be on the CU campus, with its striking “Tuscan Vernacular” architecture typified by buildings of indigenous sandstone, red barrel tile roofs and black wrought iron accents, where you’ll visit a special exhibition of photo-illustrated books in the Art and Architecture Library.  The photobook collection spans the 19th-21st centuries and contains images and artists from the iconic to the virtually unknown. You’ll have time for shopping and lunch on your own on the Pearl Street Mall, a beautiful, four block pedestrian mall with historic buildings and native plantings, before the final stop, the Colorado Chautauqua National Historical Monument, comprised of cottages and lodges at the foot of Boulder’s Flatiron mountains. Built in 1911, the newly renovated Missions House Lodge features a spectacular great room with a stone fireplace in an Arts and Crafts interior.

For the full list of tours with their dates and times, check the conference web site: http://arlisna-mw.lib.byu.edu/denver2008/

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