Denver: The Modern City

Denver: The Modern City
By Michael Paglia, Rodd L. Wheaton and Diane Wray, Photography by Jeff Padrick

Take a tour of downtown Denver's wealth of twentieth-century modern architecture.

The Tabor Center is one of the city's finest examples of post modernism - due largely to the complex's distinctive profile and complicated surface treatments. Both of these characteristics represent a break with a fifty-year modernist tradition, in which designers preferred simple forms and surfaces. The Tabor Center was conceived to bring new offices, a hotel, and retail to the lower end of the 16th Street Mall. The gentle curves of the hotel's convention center play against the glazed arc that forms the corner of the office tower. The whole is unified by a combination of yellow brick and precast concrete panels and green glass fenestration. Both buildings share historicizing features such as window detailing, pitched roofs, and the linking glass retail shed.

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