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Denver – Civic Center: Civic Center Park – Voorhies Memorial and Sea Lion Fountain
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The Voorhies Memorial, designed by sculptors Arthur and William Fisher, was installed at the north end of Denver Civic Center Park in 1920. The 35-foot sandstone on granite and sandstone base semi-circular pillar structure was a gift from John N. P. Voorhies.

The memorial is fronted by the Sea Lion Fountain, designed by Robert Garrison and installed in 1922. The 60-foot by 30-foot basin features two bronze sea lions, being riden by cherubs, facing each other from opposite sides of the pool.

Denver Civic Center Park, located at the intersection of Colfax Avenue and Broadway and bound by Bannock Street, Lincoln Street, Colfax Avenue and 14th Avenue, officially opened in 1919. The park originated with mayor Robert W. Speer’s City Beautiful civic improvement campaign. Speer hired Charles Mulford Robinson to develop plans for the area, which were defeated in a 1907 election. Speer remained determined to proceed but was stalled when replaced as mayor in 1912. The new mayor brought in Frederick Law Olmsted Jr, whose ideas included an informal grove of trees on the eastern edge of the park, and a lighted concert area. When Speer was reelected in 1917, he brought in Chicago planner and architect Edward H. Bennett, who combined all the previous plans, and added the Greek amphitheater, the Colonnade and the seal pond.

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