12:00 pm - 01:30 pm
Denver Modernism Week, LLC
Denver’s renowned 16th Street Mall dates from the founding of the city in 1858 and has been a vital thoroughfare all the way to present-day. The walking mall section was designed by noted architect I.M. Pei. The street is ever-changing and continues to serve as the Main Street of downtown Denver.
Join us on Historic Denver’s 16th Street Mall Tour, and take a stroll through Denver’s history, enjoy the architecture, and see 16th Street in a whole new way. Presented in coordination with Historic Denver and modified from their tour to emphasize 16th Street’s mid-century modern architectural gems!
Early in I.M. Pei’s architecture career, he came to work in-house for New York developer William Zeckendorf and his company Webb & Knapp, who in the mid-1950s were developing major projects across the country, including downtown Denver. The Mile High Center at 1700 Broadway, completed in 1955, was the first highrise commission of I.M Pei’s career. Soon after, Webb & Knapp developed the Hilton Hotel at 16th & Tremont (now the Sheraton), and Zeckendorf Plaza, which included a May D&F department store across the street from the hotel; all designed by Pei. Years later, the firm Pei, Cobb, Freed designed the original segment of the 16th Street Mall, running from Broadway to Market Street.
Outside Denver, Pei designed Boulder’s Mesa Laboratory at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, which in contrast to his work in Denver, is one of the best-preserved examples of I.M. Pei’s architectural legacy.
Corner of 16th Street Mall & Larimer St
Denver, CO 80202
Denver, CO, US, 80202