Doors Open Denver returns -- with the Denver Architectural Foundation holding the door open

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Zang Mansion, #61 on Doors Open Denver list.
Doors Open Denver will be back for its tenth-anniversary edition this weekend. "We've got everything the same and more of it," says event organizer Jane Potts. But one thing is different: Denver Arts & Venues has cut way back on its involvement. "The City is a sponsor again this year, but we're working to transition DOD to the Denver Architectural Foundation and its partners," explains Arts & Venues's Brian Kitts.

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Cherry Creek Shopping Center welcomes a new four-story Restoration Hardware gallery store

Aerial rendering of the new four-story Restoration Hardware, which will be called RH.
The empty space at the Cherry Creek Shopping Center once occupied by Saks Fifth Avenue is slated to become a four-story Restoration Hardware gallery store, officially rebranding as "RH." The 53,000 square- foot showroom will be four times the size of the current Restoration Hardware store and feature an atrium, outdoor garden and rooftop park, as well as the brand's product lines for living, dining, bed, bath, lighting, tableware and more. The original Saks will be demolished to make way for RH, along with 38,000 square feet of additional speciality merchants.

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"How Can That Be Historic?" lecture highlights Aurora's mid-century modern architecture

Courtesy of the Aurora History Museum.
Big Top Store at 112 Del Mar Circle, c. 1967.
Though Aurora is a relatively new city in the West, it still has a rich history to share. This Thursday, February 6, at the Aurora Fox Arts Center, architectural historian Adam Thomas will take a look at the city's story through a mid-century modern lens. The lecture is part of Aurora's Historic Sites & Preservation Office's effort to educate the public on current and future preservation projects around the city.

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Alphabet Denver finds letters in the most unusual places

We live in a world of letters -- letters in books and on billboards and TV screens, and appearing clickety-clackety as our fingertips conjure them out of keyboards. But author Kitty Migaki found characters lurking in more unusual places -- among the angles and curves and cornices of buildings -- and that's how Alphabet Denver came to be. Migaki will share her picture-book, which uses GPS as a component for families to discover the places it portrays, tonight at 6:30 p.m. at the Tattered Cover Highlands Ranch. Following is a sampler of sites she discovered while researching the book, including a sneak peek at a few of the page spreads.

All photos courtesy of Kitty Migaki.

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Get the maximum education at University of Colorado Denver's Mini-School series

The idea behind the University of Colorado Denver's seasonal Mini-School series is simple: invite a wide array of experts who are interested in talking about their chosen fields, and then invite the public to come learn from them -- for free. The school has had a successful medical series for decades; last year it introduced the Mini-STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) School series, which this year will be joined by a Mini-School for Arts & Architecture. And both start this week.

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New owner of Mayfair Center to renovate the mid-century modern shopping area

A rendering of renovations to the Mayfair Center.
It's easy to pass by the Mayfair Center on East 14th Avenue and Krameria Street and not take a second look. Over the past several decades, the strip mall has fallen victim to disrepair, transient tenants and a crumbling parking lot -- all of which has left the space worse for wear. But beneath a layer of peeling paint, developer Jamie Harris saw a mid-century modern beauty.

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Tim Payne, founder Team Pain, on upgrade of Aspen's Rio Grande Skatepark

Aspen's Rio Grande Skatepark has been around for over a decade and now, thanks to a recent change of heart by city officials, it will get a very welcome upgrade by award-winning park designers Team Pain, run by none other than "Search for Animal Chin" mega-ramp designer Tim Payne. We spoke with Payne, who was relaxing in his office down in Florida, about the upcoming project, working in one of the most beautiful places in Colorado, and just what his team of skatepark designers plans on adding to the site.

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Victorian Holiday Home Tour invites guests to experience living Denver History

The fourth annual Victorian Holiday Home Tour kicks off tomorrow, November 30, inviting visitors to get an intimate look at some of central Denver's oldest and grandest homes. A tradition that has fast become a local favorite, last year's event featuring local mansions saw more than 800 people through the doors of the hundred-plus year old homes-turned-businesses.

Put on by the Colfax Business Improvement District, tours run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow, starting with a ticket and map pick-up at the Castle Marne Bed and Breakfast. The walking tour of five Upper Colfax homes will take visitors inside the estates and current owners and operators will share the rich history of each space.

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the Art, a new hotel, gets under way in the Golden Triangle's cultural district

Artist rendering of the Art
Construction has been ongoing for the past couple of weeks, but today was the official groundbreaking for a hip new hotel on Broadway, between 12th and 13th avenues, that is being designed to fit in with the city's museum and cultural district in the Golden Triangle.the Art, a hotel, which blends architecture with art, is scheduled to be completed in late 2014.

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Ana Penalba is re-creating Denver with kids and spare parts at PlatteForum

Alex Brown
Ana Penalba is a thinker. She hails from Spain, but now calls New York home. Currently she is the artist in residence at PlatteForum, and working hard with a group of middle-school students to debut a very cerebral experience on December 12 at the studio.

Gaining a residency is a great accomplishment for any artist, according to PlatteForum founder Judy Anderson. "It's a benchmark, and it's really important for our residencies that the artists also connect with the community," she says. And Penalba has definitely connected.

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