This Isn't Your Average Municipal Complex

The Denver City-County Building all lit up in a holiday display. The Denver City-County Building all lit up in a holiday display. Arina P Habich /

Denver’s Civic Center is home to one of the most impressive collection of state and local government office buildings in any American city. Inspired by the City Beautiful movement and championed by Mayor Robert Speer, the complex is anchored by the Colorado State Capitol, finished in 1908, and includes municipal buildings, parks, fountains and an amphitheatre. The original complex took 30 years to build.  

The last major piece of the Civic Center was the Denver City-County Building, completed in 1932. Facing the golden-domed State Capitol, the municipal hub for the City and County of Denver is just as impressive architecturally, with its clock tower and golden-eagle statue, grand portico and curved facade.

Denver 8 TV recently profiled the building, along with the State Capitol and Civic Center Park:

(Image via Arina P Habich/


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