In the 1950s and 60s, developer Clyde Mannon marketed the neighborhood of Arapaho Hills to “rocket scientists” who worked at the nearby Martin Company—better known today as Lockheed Martin—using the tagline “Adventure in Space.” Join Denver Modernism Week Co-Founder Atom Stevens on this Twilight Adventure of Arapaho Hills right from the comfort and safety of your home.

About the Tour

Nestled on a hill in Littleton, Colorado, Arapaho Hills is a neighborhood of semi-custom modern homes listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The homes were designed primarily by Denver architect Bruce Sutherland in the International or Usonian style built to take advantage of the neighborhood’s sloped lots. Post-and-beam construction, large expanses of glass, natural rock, low-sloped roofs, and playful geometry are on brilliant display at twilight as interior and exterior lighting is switched on, a scene never before experienced during Denver Modernism Week.

During this virtual tour, Stevens will take you on a guided walk of two special blocks of Arapaho Hills, weaving in neighborhood history and highlighting several illuminated homes to offer a glimpse of their beauty outside and in. The session will be followed by an interactive audience Q&A.

Net proceeds from all Denver Modernism Week 2020 presentations will benefit the newly formed Colorado chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects, NOMA 5280.

Good to Know

This is a guided VIRTUAL tour, which will be held on a webinar platform over the internet, in order to encourage social distancing. This virtual platform offers an opportunity to bring this tour to modernism fans across the country, and allows for a bigger crowd than the guide could typically handle in-person! There will be an opportunity to ask questions in a Q&A session after the tour is complete.

You will receive an email with a link for joining the tour 24-36 hours before it is scheduled to begin. We encourage you to come online for the tour 10-15 minutes in advance of the scheduled start time to ensure that your device and internet connection are working properly, and so that we can verify your ticket before joining the tour.

About the Guide

Atom Stevens has been building his knowledge about Denver’s mid-century modern neighborhoods over the last decade, starting with his own neighborhood, an enclave of authentic Cliff May prefab homes in the Denver’s Harvey Park neighborhood. He has contributed to the knowledge and understanding of Harvey Park and Lynwood in Denver, Deza Estates in Northglenn, and other local neighborhoods, has written a handful of articles on historic mid-century modern design for Modern In Denver Magazine, and he is always learning more and happy to share all he knows. Stevens is a co-founder of Denver Modernism Week, sits on the Doors Open Denver planning committee, is Secretary of the newly formed Colorado chapter of Docomomo US and a member of the Denver Architecture Foundation. After spending a decade designing office spaces for Fortune 500 companies around the country, he now works independently as a designer, marketer, photographer, real estate broker, and of course, amateur historian of Denver’s mid 20th-century modern architecture and design.


Denver Modernism Week 2020 is sponsored by Adrian Kinney, Denver’s Mid-Century Modern Real Estate Expert, and Docomomo US.

Docomomo US is celebrating the formation of the new Colorado chapter. Join today and support the advocacy of preserving and documenting Colorado’s modern architecture.

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