TOUR: 16th Street Mall: Public Art?
You’re Walking On It

Jul 16 2017
4:30 pm
Daniels and Fisher Tower
1601 Arapahoe St
Denver, CO 80202

TOUR: 16th Street Mall: Public Art?
You’re Walking On It

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You’ve probably walked along the 16th Street Mall many times, but have you ever noticed the intricate paver pattern under your feet? Or that the light fixtures and trees run in perfectly straight parallel lines from one end to the other? These were carefully considered design decisions of the world-renowned team put together by I.M. Pei, which included Harry Cobb and Laurie Olin. The Urban Land Institute called the 16th Street Mall “public art of the highest international quality” and likened it to a Swiss watch due to its intricate and interconnected design.

Join John Olson, Director of Preservation Programs at Historic Denver, Inc., to learn about the original vision for the Mall, its design details, and the impact 35 years of wear and tear has on this linear landscape. The tour will last one hour and cover approximately six blocks along the Mall. It also serves as a great introduction to the panel discussion “16th Street Mall:The Spine of the City” about the Mall’s past and future 9:30 am, July 17.

John P. Olson is the Director of Preservation Programs for Historic Denver, Inc.. His role at Historic Denver is to provide advocacy expertise and technical assistance for historic places while supporting historic residential, commercial, and civic property owners in their preservation efforts.