DENVER - After a year of renovations, the McNichols building in downtown Denver is reopening this week. The building is on the northwest corner of Civic Center Park and was built in the early 1910.
The building has been a library, a water department and the treasury department. It's now home to Denver Arts and Venues, which is in charge of the Denver Center for the Performing Arts Complex and Red Rocks.
Thanks to $5.5 million from Denver Arts and Venues and city bond funding, renovations started on the building in 2015.
Some of the upgrades include:
- A redesigned entrance facing Colfax Avenue that provides ADA-compliant and easier event access.
- New bathrooms, increased first floor event space and a new freight elevator.
- A replica of the original grand entryway doors.
- The addition of contemporary glass walls.
- Restoration of artistic ironwork on the stairways discovered during reconstruction.
The building reopens with a celebration at 5:30 p.m. Thursday that is open to the public. There will be food, drinks, entertainment and a showcase of the 2016 fall exhibitions "I’ve Got a Bike: Artists Respond to the Bicycle;” “Art of Sport: Iconic Photographs of American Legends from 1956-today” featuring work by Denver’s legendary photographer Rich Clarkson; “SPOKES: A Tribute to Colorado’s Cycling Culture Through Art,” a digital collection curated by Ivar Zeile of Denver Digerati and Plus Gallery and “Elevated,” an outdoor sculpture by Steven Derks and Ian Houghton sponsored by New Belgium Brewery and Visit Denver.
Tickets to the event can be found at : AXS.com.
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