Denver’s Golden Triangle neighborhood, just south of stately Civic Center Park, has become something of an architectural showcase, with an eclectic assortment of works by Gio Ponti (the 1971 Denver Art Museum), Michael Graves (a 1995 addition to the Denver Public Library), Daniel Libeskind (a 2006 art museum expansion), and Brad Cloepfil (the 2011 Clyfford Still Museum). The area’s newest architectural attraction is the History Colorado Center, which opens April 28. And unlike its neighbors, the building was designed by someone actually born and raised in the state: Denver architect David Tryba.
Although not well-known outside of Colorado, Tryba has for years been quietly making a mark on his native state through some high-profile civic commissions, including Denver’s Wellington Webb Municipal Building, an addition to the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, and a new visitor center and parking structure at the Denver Botanic Gardens. Tryba, who founded his practice in 1988, works in a contextual style he calls “modern urbanism.” “We do contemporary buildings based on historically modern values,” he says., works in a contextual style he calls “modern urbanism.” “We do contemporary buildings based on historically modern values,” he says.