Auraria Campus

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One of the Auraria Campus signs. This one is located at the intersection of Kalamath and Colfax in Denver, Colorado.

Auraria Campus is an educational facility located near downtown Denver, Colorado in the United States. The campus houses facilities of three separate universities and colleges: the University of Colorado Denver (UCD), Community College of Denver, and Metropolitan State University of Denver. The campus also houses Auraria Higher Education Center, the administrative body that handles parking, maintenance, and janitorial services. The campus is located southwest of downtown, on the east side of the South Platte River and south of Cherry Creek, near the site of the original Auraria mining camp settlement of 1859.

The Auraria Campus is also home to Tivoli Union, a former brewery. It now goes by the name Tivoli Student Union, serving as a lounge and cafeteria, and housing a significant number of student organizations for all three schools. The 9th St. Park borders the Campus to the west, housing community outreach programs, academic departments, and other campus offices as well as a fast-food restaurant in the Mercantile building. Student housing consists of three separate apartment complexes including The Regency, the Inn at Auraria, and the Campus Village Apartments.

The Auraria Campus Events Center is located next to the Tivoli Union, and contains a three-court gymnasium, climbing wall, workout center, pool, and dance studios.


Auraria Library[edit]

Main article: Auraria Library

Built in 1976, the library houses over one million volumes and makes available electronically many hundreds of thousands of additional titles. Auraria Library is the busiest academic library in the state of Colorado. Auraria Library is a member of the Colorado Alliance of Research Libraries. Also, the library is a federal depository library and has a sizable collection of government documents. The library's collection of Colorado state publications is also comprehensive.[1]

Science Building[edit]

Located on Speer Boulevard between Arapahoe and Lawrence Streets, the new 195,000 square feet (18,100 m2) Auraria Science Building and renovation of the existing 143,000 square feet (13,300 m2) facility will allow for a 50-percent enrollment increase in chemistry, biology, and earth and atmospheric sciences. The facility is the concrete representation of the College’s commitment to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education. Chosen for Colorado’s Art in Public Places program, the building’s lobby features Psyche (the butterfly), a 14 1/2-by-10-foot sculpture by Donald Lipski. The Auraria Science Building opened in August 2010. The building received a Downtown Denver Award from the Downtown Denver Partnership in April 2010, for bridging a physical and perceptual gap between the Auraria Campus and downtown through inviting architecture and elevated educational opportunities.[2]

Student Success Building[edit]

The Student Success Building, funded entirely by student-approved fees, will be the first building in the Metro State Neighborhood. The building will add an estimated 145,000 square feet of space on campus for classrooms and faculty offices, specifically for Metro State students and professors. And it will provide students with a central location for a wide range of Metro State support services.[3]

Seventh Street Building[edit]

Metro State has an extensive aviation-related facility known as the "Seventh Street Building" (due to its location on Seventh Street). This facility contains the "World Indoor Airport", an extensive array of flight simulators designed to train students in single-, multi- and turboprop-engine aircraft flight.

Confluence Building[edit]

The Confluence Building, opened May 2013, houses Community College of Denver's Registration and Financial Aid offices as well as 14 classrooms and testing center. Confluence is 87,000 sq.ft. and cost $38 million to build.[4]

Student Commons Building[edit]

The Student Commons Building is a 146,000 square foot, building that opened in September, 2014 and cost $60.5 million.[5] It serves the University of Colorado - Denver, and includes the Admissions, Financial Aid, Student Affairs, and Disability offices, as well as several classrooms and lecture halls.[6] The building was named "Best New Building in Denver" by Westword Magazine.[7] It was designed from the ground up with students in mind and contains many places to sit, relax, and study. It was also designed to be a link between Denver's Larimer Square in downtown and the Auraria Campus.[8]

Historic Sites[edit]

Emmanuel Gallery[edit]

Emmanuel is Denver’s oldest church building, originally constructed in 1876 to serve an Episcopalian congregation. The tiny stone chapel is a mixture of Romanesque and Gothic architectural styles. Emmanuel was converted into a Jewish synagogue in 1903 and served as an artist’s studio from 1958 until 1973. The building was approved for listing on the National Register of Historic Places in 1969 and currently serves Auraria as a shared art gallery for the three schools on campus.[9][10]

Golda Meir House[edit]

The only remaining U.S. residence of former Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir, a Denver landmark, serves as a museum, conference center, and the Metropolitan State University of Denver Golda Meir Center for Political Leadership.[9][11]

Ninth Street Historic District[edit]

At the heart of the Auraria Campus, thirteen restored Victorian cottages and one turn-of-the century grocery store serve as a picturesque reminder of the city’s earliest days. The structures on Ninth Street Historic Park, built between 1872 and 1906, comprise the oldest restored block of residences in the city. Ninth Street Historic District houses now serve as campus offices. A self-guided walking tour at each building provides information on architecture and early residents. There is no charge for visiting the Park.[9][12]

St. Cajetan's[edit]

The Spanish Colonial St. Cajetan’s Church, built in 1925, was one of three Catholic churches clustered within a six block radius in the Auraria neighborhood. St. Cajetan’s served as the focus of Auraria’s Spanish-speaking community until 1973, when construction of the Auraria Campus forced the parish to relocate. The landmark church now serves as a multi-purpose auditorium for lectures, concerts, recitals and other community events.[9][13]

St Cajetan Catholic Church

St. Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church[edit]

Founded in 1878 by German immigrants, St. Elizabeth’s is still an active Catholic parish. The German-Gothic edifice, was modeled after the cathedrals of Europe. Built of rusticated rhyolite (lava rock) quarried at nearby Colorado Springs, the building has a 162' spire. St. Elizabeth’s is still considered one of Denver’s most beautiful church structures.[9][14]


One of Denver’s earliest breweries, the Tivoli is a striking architectural example of the city's flamboyant past. Originally named the Colorado Brewery in 1866, Tivoli was founded by German immigrant Moritz Sigi. Subsequent owner Max Melsheimer added the prominent seven story mansard tower and the Turnhalle opera house. In 1901 brewer John Good took over operations, renaming the building Tivoli after the famous gardens in Copenhagen, Denmark. The Tivoli was one of the most successful breweries in the Rockies, and one of the few to survive prohibition. A major flood and labor strikes forced its closure in 1969. When the Auraria Campus was built, a private developer leased the building and restored it as a specialty shopping center. In 1991, students voted to buy back the lease and renovate the building as a combination retail center and student union.[9]

  • Starz Film Center - Denver Film Society movie theater located in the Tivoli.[15]
    • Denver Film Festival - The festival features a diverse selection of films, ranging from independent to commercial from all over the world and is well attended by filmmakers.

Arts and athletics[edit]

Auraria Events Center[edit]

The Auraria Campus Events Center is located next to the Tivoli Union, and contains a three-court gymnasium, climbing wall, workout center, pool, and dance studios. It's also home of the Metro State Roadrunners teams.

Kenneth King Academic & Performing Arts Center[edit]

The King Center houses six performing spaces: three permanently assigned production studios, a 200-seat Recital Hall; 520-seat Concert Hall; and a 300-seat Courtyard Theatre. There are dressing rooms, green room, recording studio, music electronics lab, classroom space, box office, scene shop, paint shop, and costume shop. All spaces are fully equipped with state-of-the-art equipment and a variety of spaces for exhibiting fine art. The entire facility has over 180,000 square feet (17,000 m2) dedicated to the education of the student and development of the student who wishes to go into the performance of the arts.[16]

Hotel and conference facilities[edit]

Hotel and Hospitality Learning Center (HLC)[edit]

Located in the heart of Denver, west of the corner of Speer Boulevard and Auraria Parkway, the hotel will include 150 hotel rooms, as well as conference facilities. The adjacent HLC will boast more than 28,000 square feet (2,600 m2) of academic space, including classrooms, specialty learning labs and faculty offices. The hotel will be run by the professional hotel management firm, Sage Hospitality, and will provide hands-on training opportunities for students in Metro State’s Hospitality, Tourism and Events Department.[17]

St. Francis Conference Center[edit]

The St. Francis Conference Center features an elegant lounge with cathedral windows, 25- foot ficus trees, distinctive chandeliers and an adjoining courtyard. The Center’s unique design won an Award of Honor for Denver architect Marvin Hatami, which was presented by the American Institute of Architects in 1982. A property of the Auraria Foundation, the Center hosts a variety of events, including wedding ceremonies, receptions, banquets, parties and other events.[9]

Public transportation[edit]


Denver Film Festival[edit]

Main article: Denver Film Festival



See also[edit]


  1. ^ auraria library
  2. ^ Science Building | METROSTATERISING | Metro State
  3. ^ Student Success Building | We Educate Colorado | Metropolitan State University of Denver
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  9. ^ a b c d e f g Auraria Higher Education Center
  10. ^ Mission : Emmanuel Gallery : Auraria Campus, Denver
  11. ^ Golda Meir House, 1606-1608 Julian Street (moved to 1301 South Lipan Street), Denver, Denver County, CO
  12. ^ 9th Street Historic Park | Creating Communities
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  14. ^ Home
  15. ^ Admin Office | Denver Film Society at the Denver FilmCenter//Colfax
  16. ^ Kenneth King Academic & Performing Arts Center – Denver, CO
  17. ^ Hospitality Learning Center | We Educate Colorado | Metropolitan State University of Denver
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  19. ^ Women's leadership conference at Auraria - News - UCD Advocate - University of Colorado Denver
  20. ^ Horowitz Defends Manifesto: Conservative Tours Colorado Campuses - News - Students For Academic Freedom
  21. ^ Michael Moore to Visit the Auraria Campus | Colorado Community College Newswire
  22. ^ CCD - About CCD - Michael Moore
  23. ^ Rev Run on Auraria campus today - Denver Music - Backbeat
  24. ^ a b c d e f g h 45th Anniversary
  25. ^ Bennet laments D.C. dysfunction on break - The Denver Post
  26. ^ - Sen. Michael Bennet's Auraria Townhall Liveblog
  27. ^ a b Michael Bennet and Andrew Romanoff Participate in U.S. Senate Candidate Forum, Tuesday, February 16th | Democratic Party of Denver
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  29. ^ State/Legislature
  30. ^ Eye on Auraria - Eye on Auraria - UCD Advocate - University of Colorado Denver
  31. ^ Obama to talk about student loan debt at Denver campus tomorrow
  32. ^ About 700 line up at Auraria for tickets for Obama - The Denver Post
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  34. ^ Governor candidates Schoettler, Owens square off Monday at Auraria debate
  35. ^ Ritter Signs Higher Ed Construction Bill
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Coordinates: 39°44′35″N 105°00′20″W / 39.74306°N 105.00556°W / 39.74306; -105.00556