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County Building Illuminated for DU Sesquicentennial

Mar. 5, 2014—The City and County of Denver along with the University of Denver are proud to announce that, in honor of the 150th anniversary of DU, the City and County Building will be ablaze with the University's school colors at dusk on Wednesday, March 5th. This special lighting of crimson and gold on this historic structure in downtown Denver will begin at 5:45 p.m.

Founded on March 5, 1864, prior to Colorado's statehood and only a few years after the founding of the city that bears its name, the University of Denver's ongoing commitment to providing world-class educational opportunities has produced many accomplished alumni including Arnold Kramish, nuclear physicist on the Manhattan Project; Peter Morton, founder of Hard Rock Café; former U.S. Army Chief of Staff, Four-Star General George W. Casey, Jr.; Peter Coors, Chairman of Molson Coors Brewing Company; and former U.S. Secretary of State Condelezza Rice.

"The University of Denver's reputation for academic excellence worldwide coupled with its strong connection with the Denver community for the past 150 years are just a few of the reasons we are proud that this great school bears the name of this great city," Mayor Michael Hancock said. "We are pleased to share in the University's sesquicentennial celebration and look forward to experiencing more great things from DU."

Beginning with 1864 Week and continuing throughout the year, a host of activities have been planned to welcome the entire Denver and Front Range community, including the "History and Traditions" exhibit inside the University's Anderson Academic Commons, which relives the student experience of DU's first 150 years. For more information on sesquicentennial festivals, forums and other events, please visit, which not only provides the DU community with a vital professional networking resource, but also showcases 150 years of Denver history using an immersive, interactive digital platform.