DENVER (CBS4) – Doors Open Denver typically runs over a weekend and offers dozens of different tours of new and old Denver buildings. Last year 7,000 people explored the city on that one weekend. This year, Doors Open Denver will run for three weeks, offering virtual tours of 12 locations.

“It practically opens up a little more options as you can take any tour if you want,” said Pauline Herrera, executive director of the Denver Architecture Foundation. “It takes place in the virtual environment over several weeks. That’s why we offer one tour per day every Monday through Thursday of each of these weeks.”

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The sites are a balance between historical and modern / contemporary. There are also a variety of architectural uses, including cultural sites such as the Freyer-Newman Center in the Denver Botanic Gardens, civic sites such as the Blair Caldwell African American Research Library, and commercial sites such as Dairy Block.

“We also have private residences which are very unusual for Doors Open Denver. That was something we were very excited about. There are three of them this year, ”explained Herrera.

There are also five locations that have never been featured at Doors Open Denver before. Tours cost $ 7 for DAF members and $ 9 for non-members.

LINK: Register for a Doors Open Denver Virtual Tour

“The goal is always to get the public involved and celebrate the architecture and design of our city,” Herrera told CBS4.

In addition to the virtual insider tours, the Denver Architecture Foundation is offering two brand new audio tours. You can access the audio on your phone as you stroll through downtown Denver or Civic Center Park. These tours are free and include 24 locations that are historically significant to Denver and Colorado.

“These have been in the works for over two years so this is a really exciting moment for us,” said Herrera.

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You can also immerse yourself in Denver architecture through the lens of a camera. DAF holds its annual Y / OUR Denver Photo Contest. Entries will be accepted until October 29, 2020. The winners of the competition will be displayed virtually in December.

There are opportunities to get involved in the Denver built area all year round. DAF offers guided tours, a series of lectures and special events every month.

“We created a guide to Denver architecture that covers about 202 different neighborhoods. So this is something that is available for purchase on our website, ”added Herrera.