Allen Tupper True Walking Tour

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Allen Tupper True Walking Tour

Allen Tupper True Murals Tour

By Denver Architecture Foundation

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March 18 · 1:30pm - April 22 · 3:30pm MDT


Greek Amphitheatre 150 West 14th Avenue Denver, CO 80204

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No Refunds

About this event

About the tour: Discover the murals of Allen Tupper True during this two-mile adventure through downtown Denver. Hear from expert guides about the acclaimed muralist and how the works attest to his extraordinary vision and expression. Tour stops include murals at architecturally significant sites, including Civic Center Park, The Brown Palace, Renaissance Denver Downtown City Center Hotel and Mountain States Telephone and Telegraph Building.

About Allen Tupper True: A Colorado native, Allen Tupper True was born in Colorado Springs and grew up with a love for the American frontier. Initially self-taught as an artist, he later studied at the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, D.C. and Howard Pyle’s School of Illustration in Delaware. True began his career as a magazine illustrator, looking to his Western upbringing as a source and inspiration for his work. He found his ultimate calling as a muralist, and his work can be found in numerous Colorado buildings and throughout the West.

About the tour guides: Jim Barrett, enterprise architect, writer and historian, and Maggie Gourd-Barrett, educator, have researched Allen Tupper True's life and artistic works over the past 15 years. After the Barretts purchased the Allen Tupper True studio, they discovered he painted the Colorado National Bank murals at 17th and Champa, now the Renaissance Denver Downtown City Center Hotel. Visiting the murals in the grand lobby of the former bank led to exhibiting True and his granddaughter’s art collection in the studio. Their years of research provided the basis for the 2009 award-winning "Allen True’s West" exhibits at the Denver Art Museum, History Colorado and Denver Public Library and a documentary produced by KBDI-PBS. Most recently, the Barretts assisted the University of Denver in learning more about True, an alumnus of the school. They have researched and cataloged a large number of works by Paschal Quackenbush, True's partner and assistant on numerous projects throughout his life.

Accessibility: The tour is a two-mile walk through downtown Denver. It begins at the Greek Theater in Civic Center Park and concludes at the Mountain States Telephone and Telegraph Building. Several stops have steps leading to mural locations with no alternative access. Please wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather.


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The mission of the Denver Architecture Foundation is to inspire people to explore our dynamic city, experience the importance of design to our quality of life and envision an exceptional future for Denver. 


$25 – $30