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A Colorado Adventure: The Art and Architecture of Denver and Colorado Springs

June 6, 2012
$2,500 per person; single supplement add $300

Bil Hinchliff leads this tour of museums, private collections, and notable buildings in Denver and Colorado Springs. 

Wednesday, June 6

Arrive independently in Denver and transfer by private motor coach to lunch at the Wynkoop Brewery in Denver’s historic Lower Downtown. Then take a driving tour of central Denver, stopping at key buildings, including the Equitable Building (1892), Daniels and Fisher Tower (1911), and the neoclassical-style Colorado State Capitol (1904), which has a commanding view of the Civic Center (1919) planned by Chicago’s Bennett, Parsons, and Frost. After checking into the Oxford Hotel, attend a reception at nearby Translations Gallery followed by a welcome dinner at Venice Ristorante and Wine Bar.

Thursday, June 7

Spend most of the day in the Golden Triangle Museum District, beginning with a visit to the new Clyfford Still Museum designed by Brad Cloepfil and housing one of the world’s largest single-artist collections. Walk next door to the Denver Art Museum, and take a guided tour of its Western American, American Indian, and Pre-Columbian collections. After lunch in the museum’s Palettes  restaurant, visit Michael Graves’s postmodernist Denver Public Library (1995). Enjoy a tour of a private home and roof-top reception at the nearby Libeskind-designed Museum Residences. Dinner this evening is at Bistro Vendome.

Friday, June 8

Spend most of the day in Colorado Springs, some 80 miles south of Denver. Take a driving and walking tour of one of America’s greatest projects of the modernist period, the Air Force Academy (1956–60) by Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill, with Walter Netsch serving as lead designer. Tour its magnificent Chapel, then drive to the famed Broadmoor Hotel (1918), one of the country’s most impressive resort destinations. Nestled against the Rocky Mountains, the original Italian Renaissance–style building has been enlarged over the years in a manner that is sympathetic to the festive design of the original. After lunch on the hotel’s terrace, tour the original building. Return to Denver via the Garden of the Gods, a local park featuring spectacular rock formations. Conclude with a visit to a private collection that includes works by Colorado artist Vance Kirkland and significant modern masters as well as decorative arts. Dinner and the evening are at leisure.

Saturday, June 9

Begin at the Molly Brown House Museum in Denver’s Capital Hill district. Built in 1889–90, the Queen Anne–style house was the home for many years of one of Denver’s most interesting and accomplished figures, Margaret “Molly” Brown, who became famous as a survivor of the Titanic disaster. Then walk around the corner to the Kirkland Museum of Fine and Decorative Art, which showcases the work of Vance Kirkland and displays one of North America’s most comprehensive collections of modernist decorative art. After lunch in the Kirkland’s Sculpture Garden, visit the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver. End the day in the foothills west of Denver in a home with stunning views of the mountains and an eclectic private art collection. This evening, enjoy a festive farewell dinner at the Fort. 

Sunday, June 10

Drive to the famed Brown Palace Hotel (1892) for a tour of the building and a lavish brunch in its Ellyngton’s restaurant. Then continue to the airport for an early afternoon flight home. 

To register, call (312) 443-3114 or (312) 443-3115.

Reservations: Required

Frederic C. Hamilton Building, Denver Art Museum, 2006. Daniel Libeskind, architect. Photo by Jeff Wells.