Auraria Campus

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 (CU Denver), Community College of Denver (CCD), and Metropolitan State University of Denver (MSU Denver). In 2017, there were approximately 54,812 students between the three schools, with rapid growth projected over the next few years.[1] 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.

Auraria Campus
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One of the Auraria Campus signs, located at the intersection of Kalamath and Colfax in Denver, Colorado
TypeEducational facility
AffiliationUniversity of Colorado Denver, Community College of Denver, and Metropolitan State University of Denver
United States

The Auraria Campus is also home to Tivoli Union, the historical and currently operating after a hiatus brewery. The Tivoli/Student Union houses a lounge, brewery, movie theater cafeteria, and housing a significant number of student organizations for all three schools. The building also has functioned as a mall at one point.

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 Auraria Student Lofts, and the Campus Village Apartments.

CU Denver NeighborhoodEdit

Lawrence Street CenterEdit

The Lawrence Street Center houses CU Denver's School of Public Affairs, and the School of Education and Human Development, as well as the Graduate School. It also includes many classrooms, and administrative offices, including the office of the chancellor and provost.[2]

CU Denver BuildingEdit

The CU Denver Building houses CU Denver's College of Architecture and Planning, as well as the department of Digital Arts and Media. It contains classrooms, studio spaces, computer labs, a design fabrication lab, 3-D digital animation labs, a visual resource center, and faculty and administration offices.[2]

Business SchoolEdit

CU Denver's Business School is accredited among the top 5% of Business Schools in the world. This state-of-the-art building was renovated and opened in 2012 and contains several classrooms, computer labs, study rooms, and advising offices.[2]

North Classroom BuildingEdit

Originally built in 1987, the North Classroom building is the largest building in the CU Denver Neighborhood of campus at 257,500 square feet.[3] It is the primary classroom building for CU Denver, including over 30 classrooms, lecture halls, common areas for study, and a two story glass brick atrium with the Courtyard Cafe. It houses the College of Engineering and Applied Science and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.[2] It is scheduled for a $33 million renovation which will update interior aesthetics and technology as well as building systems and efficiency improvements. The design phase is currently underway, with construction expected to start mid-2016.[3]

Student Commons BuildingEdit

The Student Commons Building is a 146,000 square foot building that opened in September, 2014 and cost $60.5 million.[4] 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.[5] The building was named "Best New Building in Denver" by Westword Magazine.[6] 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.[7]

MSU Denver NeighborhoodEdit

Student Success BuildingEdit

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.[8]

MSU Denver Regency Athletic ComplexEdit

This 13 acre complex was completed in 2015 at a cost of almost $24 million.[9] It includes a 20,000 square foot building containing locker room and a state-of-the-art weight room and athletic training room, student-athlete lounge, and meeting rooms. Outside, there are facilities to accommodate MSU Denver's Roadrunners baseball, softball, soccer, and tennis teams.[10]

Marriott Hotel & MSU Denver Hospitality Learning CenterEdit

The Center includes a professionally managed 150 room SpringHill Suites by Marriott International, conference center, and academic building.[11] The academic building has 30,000 square feet of space including classrooms, labs, and a student-run restaurant. Labs include a light sensory analysis lab for wine, spirits, and beer classes, a 4,000 bottle wine cellar management lab, tourism lab, and events lab. It also contains a high-tech food demonstration theater.[12]

CCD NeighborhoodEdit

CCD ConfluenceEdit

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.[13]

Cherry Creek, Boulder Creek, Clear Creek, and Bear Creek BuildingsEdit

The main classroom buildings in the CCD neighborhood of campus were renamed in 2013 to help differentiate them from the rest of campus.[14] In addition to renaming them, CCD also gave them each a facelift.[13]

Central Auraria CampusEdit

Arts BuildingEdit

The Arts Building is the home for CU Denver's College of Arts and Media. The College of Arts and Media at CU Denver was the first college in Colorado devoted to arts and entertainment. Their record label, CAM Records originally signed bands such as The Fray and 303.[2] The Arts Building also houses many of MSU Denver's arts-related classes, including music and theater, and visual arts. Art Studios in the building include Jewelry Design, Metalsmithing, and Spatial Media.[15] It is connected to the West Classroom and Central Classroom buildings via the second floor.

West ClassroomEdit

Most of MSU Denver's academic departments are housed in the West Classroom building, including Criminal Justice and Criminology, Health Care Management, Human Services, Health Professions, Nursing, and Teacher Education.[15] It is connected to the Arts Building and the Central Classroom buildings via the second floor

Central ClassroomEdit

This building houses many of MSU Denver's academic departments and classrooms

PE/Event CenterEdit

This building includes a 5,000 square foot fitness center, climbing wall, basketball courts, dance studio, racquetball/squash courts, as well as other multipurpose activity spaces.[2] MSU Denver's Roadrunner basketball team plays here. Classes in Zumba, salsa dancing, and other physical activities. The building also houses intramural and club sports.[15]

Kenneth King Academic & Performing Arts CenterEdit

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]

Auraria LibraryEdit

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.[17]

Science BuildingEdit

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. 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.[18]

Seventh Street BuildingEdit

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.

Historic sitesEdit

Emmanuel GalleryEdit

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.[19][20]

Golda Meir HouseEdit

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.[19][21]

Ninth Street Historic DistrictEdit

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.[19][22]

St. Cajetan'sEdit

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.[19][23]

St Cajetan Catholic Church

St. Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic ChurchEdit

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.[19][24]


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.[19]

  • Starz Film Center - Denver Film Society movie theater located in the Tivoli.[25]
    • 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.

Public transportationEdit

Notable visitorsEdit

Denver Film FestivalEdit



See alsoEdit


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