Civic Center Conservancy Honors Dennis Humphries

September 25th, 2019

For the first time in the event’s seven-year history, the nonprofit Civic Center Conservancy’s annual fundraising gala took place outdoors in historic Civic Center Park on Saturday, September 14th. The Civic Center Centennial Celebration commemorated the downtown Denver park’s 100th anniversary and honored two recipients of the Elaine Asarch Award.

The award, named for one of the 15-year-old nonprofit’s founding members, recognizes those who significantly contribute to the Civic Center Conservancy’s mission to activate, enhance and restore the park – Denver’s only National Historic Landmark. This year, architect and Civic Center Conservancy Board Member Dennis Humphries and The Boettcher Foundation were each bestowed with the honor.

Introducing award-recipient Dennis Humphries, Elaine Asarch described the architect as a “gift to humanity” who “believes in preserving our history…and has been instrumental in working with the city to keep one of our most cherished spaces, Civic Center, available for all and restored as the crossroads and gathering place for government, culture and community.”

“I am deeply honored and humbled by this award, “said Humphries, as he went on to pay homage to former Denver Mayor Robert Speer’s vision for Civic Center. “I often reflect 100 years back and wonder what it must have been like to have had such a highly disruptive vision to create such a significant public space in the middle of the city…had he been here tonight, you would have heard him bellowing out (his) speech (“Give While You Live”) as an initiative to encourage you all to support the Conservancy.”

Learn more about the Civic Center Centennial Celebration here.

All photos unless otherwise noted: Evan Semón Photography