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Mid Century Modern Architecture

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Denver Botanic Gardens emerged in the middle of the last century, a moment in time that is marked by optimism. American ideals and attitudes were affected by post-war hopefulness. The economy was booming and new technologies were finding their way into commercial goods, like appliances and cars. The design of this period was flavored with this enthusiasm for and confidence in innovation.

As a result, the Gardens is home to some of Denver’s most significant architecture. Beginning in 1951 with its relationship with landscape architect and city planner Saco DeBoer, the Gardens has employed luminaries in landscape and building design, including architects Victor Hornbein and Ed White, Jr. and landscape designer Garrett Eckbo. The strength of their contributions and clarity of their vision continue to frame how the gardens are viewed and experienced to this day.

Explore connections between landmark architecture and newer additions to the Gardens. The2008 parking structure and Bonfils-Stanton Visitor Center were designed to complement the original 1966 Hornbein and White Boettcher Memorial Conservatory. Hear about the opportunities and challenges of designing under the shadow of one of Denver’s most famous buildings.
Mid Century Modern Architecture
1Bonfils-Stanton Visitor Center (Garden Feature)thumbnail image
2Hidden Conservatory Pattern (Garden Feature)thumbnail image
3Fountains (Garden Feature)thumbnail image
4Gates Montane (Garden Feature)thumbnail image
5Japanese Garden (Garden Feature)thumbnail image
6Cast Concrete (Garden Feature)thumbnail image
7Interior Details (Garden Feature)thumbnail image
8Library Furniture (Garden Feature)thumbnail image
9Rima (Garden Feature)thumbnail image