Join the Denver Architecture Foundation, and partners Historic Denver and Denver Modernism Week, for a special home tour and lecture – Hilltop’s Francis House and Historic Denver’s Making Sense of Modernism. Sponsored by Adrian Kinney, Denver’s Mid-Century Real Estate Expert, this event will take place on Tuesday, May 21, 5:30 to 8:30 PM, and begin at the private home of Monica Martinez and John J. Huggins, 35 Eudora St, and conclude at Mary G. Carson Elementary School, 5420 E 1st Ave, in the Hilltop neighborhood.
5:30 to 6:15 PM – Food, drink + mingling at Hilltop’s Francis House
6:15 to 7:00 PM – Conversation with home owners Monica Martinez and John J. Huggins
7:00 to 8:30 PM – Historic Denver’s Making Sense of Modernism lecture at Carson Elementary
About the home: Known as the Francis House, the home was built in 1966 by architect Donald R. Roark. Roark graduated from East High School and attended the University of Denver, School of Architecture. Upon returning from serving in World War II, he received a Bachelor’s degree in architectural engineering at the University of Colorado before becoming a draftsman for architect Victor Hornbein in the 1950s. The home’s architectural style is Formalism, which reintroduced a sense of classicism to modern architecture through regular and sometimes symmetrical massing; the style was most often used in the design of larger buildings, as many government and high-rise buildings from the period are examples of Formalism.
About the lecture: Join Historic Denver for a lively conversation about the term “modern.” What makes a building modern? Which modernist structures should be saved? What’s the difference between modern, contemporary or just plain new? After a Modernism 101 talk, we’ll have a conversation with Adrian Kinney, specialist in midcentury modern real estate, and Brad Evans, who runs the Denver Fugly Facebook group.
Parking & transportation: Street parking available in the neighborhood – please use care not to block driveways as you park. As always, we encourage the use of public transportation, Lyft or Uber – thank you.
Images courtesy of Monica Martinez and John J. Huggins. Photo Credit: David Mejias.
Description courtesy of Historic Denver.
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