The Historic Baker District Home Tour is back post-pandemic and is once again opening its homes and community on Sat, Aug 27 11AM-3PM to celebrate its architecture, history, and culture (tickets at bakerhometour.com). In contrast to previous tours, this year will spotlight "tiny living," showcasing Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs, aka "Carriage Houses") - both new and old.
Baker boasts the largest concentration of Queen Anne Victorian architecture in Denver's historic heart, and common among these stately homes were carriage houses used to stable horses and house carriages. These structures evolved over time to serve as garages or unique living spaces, but notably new construction or additions were prohibited. In 2010, zoning restrictions were revised to permit new structures to be built. As a result, the neighborhood has witnessed a proliferation of ADUs due to the growing demand for more affordable housing in Denver's city center.
This year's Tour highlights a variety of ADUs, featuring both sleek new construction designs and renovations of historic carriage houses. Structures located within the boundaries of the Baker Historic District are required to harmonize with the architectural character of the neighborhood, and the result is creative spins on traditional Victorian elegance with a modern twist. One ADU utilizes burned Japanese wood shingles (yakisugi tiles) for its exterior, while another opted for an asymmetrical shape with a tri-level industrial interior. In addition, the Tour includes notable community sites central to the neighborhood's thriving culture.
The Baker Home Tour is a fundraising event supporting local community initiatives, and a portion of the proceeds is donated to DCIS at Fairmont Elementary School. For more information, visit bakerhometour.com.
Category: Community | Local / Community
General Admission: USD 20.00
Time: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm