Phipps Tennis Pavilion, Denver

A number of weeks ago Open Doors Denver hosted an event allowing access to a number of buildings throughout Denver.  In addition to the Clock Tower (http://mgerwing.wordpress.com/2009/05/06/behind-the-clock/) the Phipps Tennis Pavilion at the Phipps Mansion. tennis pavilion 02

In addition to the large, enclosed tennis court, there are changing rooms and a lounge including an old fashioned soda fountain.

At 8,000 square feet, the building is dominated by its glass roof held between the gothic arch beams.

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Often overlooked, the Entry is a brick-paved long gallery that looks down on the enclosed court and is approached across a beautiful courtyard.

Overall the building, like the mansion, is a strange melange of building styles and materials, much of it brought over from Europe during the construction in the early 1930's.

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certainly one of the most interesting spaces in Denver and well worth a visit.