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1919: Greek Theater

 

Designed by Denver architects Marean & Norton in collaboration with Chicago architect Edward H. Bennet, the Greek Theater was built to fulfill Bennett's vision of commemorating park benefactors and providing an open air theater.  Construction began in 1917 to create an open stage on a central pavilion in front of a sunken orchestra and theater floor with seating for up to 1,200 spectators. The theater is framed by a 210-foot semicircular Colonnade of Civic Benefactors, which has murals by local artist Allen True on its interior walls. True would  be commissioned in later years to paint murals in the State Capitol Rotunda and the nearby Brown Palace Hotel lobby. Upon completion in 1919, the Greek Theater began to host regular vaudeville performances, concerts and other entertainment.

 Click here to see historical and current photos of the Greek Theater.

 

SOURCES:  Denver's Civic Center Park Master Plan, 2005;

Denver's Civic Center Park Design Guidelines, 2009;

ColoradoEncyclopedia.org - Civic Center, 2018.

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