Celebrate one of Denver’s most treasured mid-century neighborhoods at the Arapahoe Acres 70th Anniversary Street Party!

About the Party

Party like it’s 1949! Celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the first mid-century neighborhood in the country to be added to the National Register of Historic Places. Participate in a 20-minute historic walking tour guided by Kephart Architects, then take to the streets for drinks, live music and dancing in this specially preserved community of homes.

Grab a drink and get down to the rockabilly sounds of Kerry Pastine & The Crime Scene and acclaimed jazz guitarist Peter Kavanaugh and his Trio. Be welcomed like an honorary neighbor in one of Denver’s most sought-after mid-century neighborhoods, one night only!

Good to Know

  • Ticket includes 2 drink tickets (beer and wine available).
  • Food available for purchase from the Mile High Cajun food truck (not included in ticket price).
  • Party continues rain or shine. Wear comfortable shoes and bring water if needed!

Additional Background

Arapahoe Acres represents the first mid-century modern neighborhood in the country to be added to the National Register of Historic Places. It is an exceptional example of modern design principles inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright (“Usonian” style architecture) and the modern architecture and design brought the US by immigrating professors and students of the Bauhaus in Germany (“International Style” architecture). But more than having over 120 exceptional examples of Usonian and International Style homes, the houses in the neighborhood also exhibit an impressive level of craftsmanship inside and out, much of which has been well preserved across the decades.

The neighborhood also represents a new approach to urban planning for the 1940s, breaking the gridded streets that surround it to calm traffic while building homes that embrace the rolling terrain of the site rather than grading the ground flat before construction.

 

Presented as part of Denver Modernism Week 2019 in partnership with:

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