DENVER, CO – The restoration and repair of Denver’s 104-year-old Sullivan Gateway is complete, the city’s parks and recreation department said Thursday.
The gate that marks the south entrance of the City Park Esplanade was built in 1917. The landmark features two 90 meter high terracotta walls and two 12 meter high freestanding sculptures on Doric pillars depicting early Colorado agriculture and mining. The gateway was listed on Colorado Preservation Inc.’s list of endangered locations in 2013.
“The centuries-old grand gate to the entrance to Denver’s City Park was in ruins,” said Happy Haynes, executive director of Parks and Recreation, in a statement.
In the first restoration phase, the eastern and western lion head fountains were refurbished, the agency announced. Then the remaining crescent-shaped terracotta walls were restored and the landscaping improved.
Sullivan Gateway’s $ 4.7 million project work was supported by a $ 200,000 grant to the History Colorado-State Historical Fund, a $ 1,500 donation from the East Angel Friends and Alumni Foundation, and the Denver Parks and Recreation Capital Improvement Fund funded.