University of Denver




2199 South University Blvd.
Denver, CO 80208
Phone:(303) 871-2000


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Founded in 1864, as Colorado Seminary, when the new city of Denver (1858), a mining camp, needed civilization, the University of Denver has now become a highly respected private research institute with over 300 nationally recognized academic programs plus celebrated athletics, and is known as the oldest independent university in the Rocky Mountain area.

Several historic structures remain, the oldest being University Hall, built in Richardsonian Romanesque style. It’s renowned cornerstone is exactly one mile above sea level. Just off campus remains the historic, still operating, Chamberlin Observatory (1894). Other historic buildings are University Hall, built in 1890, and Margery Reed Hall, constructed in 1929 in the Collegiate Gothic style. Once a library, and administrative offices, this structure now houses the Undergraduate Program for the Daniels College of Business, after an $8 million renovation, completed 2014. Before renovation this building, was described by a former student as old and scary. “People used to joke about ghost stories there,” she said. The updated building now provides more classroom space, a larger hall to host guest speakers, as well as mechanical, technical and accessible enhancements, excluding ghosts.
In addition, Evans Chapel, an 1870s church constructed in downtown Denver, was relocated to the DU campus in the early 1960s. Buchtel Tower (1913) is all that survived from Buchtel Chapel, which burned in 1983.

DU serves about 12,000 graduate and undergraduate students through 10 different academic colleges, including University College. Spread across 125 acres, the campus is located about five miles south of downtown Denver, offering an indoor accessible parking garage in the middle of the campus.

Buildings toured:

Sturm Hall, housing Sturm College of Law, was built in 2003. Accessible parking is offered below the building via a parking garage. The building offers a ramp-like accessible brick path with hand rails. The front entrance has a push button power door. There is also an attractive exterior patio with seating. On the first floor is a café called The Robert B. Yegge Commons. An accessible wash room is found on the first floor with a push button power door, along with small accessible study rooms. There are two elevators to the four floors in the library. Strum Hall also offers an ATM.

Anderson Library, the largest library on campus is quite accessible, with a push button power door entrance and elevators connecting the floors. There is a nice patio at the front entrance, with seating. The interior was not explored since at the time of the visit the library was closed.

Daniel College of Business. The entrance has push button power doors and the overall impression is very high tech. There is a dining hall to the front of the building, which also has power doors.

Mary Reed Library, which was the original library on campus, has been made accessible. To the left of the building there are four accessible parking spots. The front entrance offers a push button power accessible door.
Evans Memorial Chapel, has an accessible ramp out front and a push button power door at the entrance and exit.

Driscoll, students say, is a good coffee place and provides great meeting spots.

Nagel Hall offers dining and housing plus Arts, Humanities, and Social Science classrooms.

Joy Burns Center provides a push button power front entrance and an interior elevator. There is also a rear patio. The building houses the Fritz Knoebel School of Hospitality Management.

The Richie Center offers push button power doors, front and back, plus two elevators. The building houses the basketball court, hockey rink, pool, fitness center, and concession area. Gym and athletic facilities are amazing.

Areas of Access/Measurements/Most, Bottom of a fixture to Ground (inches):



With its many new accessible buildings, and renovations, University of Denver rates a nine out of ten for accessibility.


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