(Photo courtesy of the Western History section of the Denver Public Library)

 From the Golden Triangle of Denver blog post of August 13, 2013*:   “Inspired by the 1893 Chicago Exposition, then Denver Mayor Robert Speer began a program to beautify Denver, which included parks, street parkways, and attention to public school buildings. The architect chosen for the Evans School was David W. Dryden, who designed over 20 other Denver school buildings during his career. Evans was built in the Classical Revival style popular at the time, opened in1904 and served as a school for nearly 69 years. It was named after Denver businessman John Evans, an early territorial governor and founder of University of Denver. The school had about 700 elementary students at its peak. Hearing and sign language departments were added in 1928 and 30.  Evans became the first Denver school to serve handicapped students. Evans School eventually closed its doors in the early 70’s and went on the auction block.”

“… brothers Dick and Alan Eber first saw the empty Evans School about the time it went on the auction block in 1974. They say they feared this beautiful and historic building would be demolished if any of the other bidders bought it. At the time, under Mayor Pena, there were fewer restrictions on tearing down buildings, regardless of age or value. A small increment in bid over the next highest bidder delivered the building to them to preserve. Today Dick, Alan along with Dick’s son Michael, as project manager, run the building.”
Please join us as Mr. Michael Eber leads a tour of the building and shares more of its remarkable story.

COFFEE AT 8:30am


Location: Meet for coffee at Metropolis Coffee at 300 West 11th Avenue, at the SW corner of Cherokee Street,
at 8:30am.  We will walk two blocks east to The Evans School, where the tour will begin at 9:00am.
Cost:  $10 General.  No cost to current ICAA, Historic Denver, or Colorado Preservation, Inc. members.
Register for the Event HERE  Per the Owner’s request, the tour will be limited to 50 persons.  If sold out, please add your name to the Wait List in case of cancellations. (As a courtesy to those on the Wait List, please email info@classicist-rmc.org if you are registered but cannot attend. Thanks.)

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