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UCD Partners with FHF to Preserve Riverside

UCD College of Architecture & Planning Partners with

Fairmount Heritage Foundation to Develop a Master Plan to

Preserve Historic Riverside Cemetery

The University of Colorado Denver, College of Architecture & Planning Advanced Landscape Ecology Workshop, has selected Historic Riverside Cemetery as one of its project sites. Founded in 1876, without a written agreement on water rights, Riverside is Denver’s oldest operating and most unique cemetery, and was designated a National Historic District in 1994. Focus of the project will be the application of ecological concepts to landscape design, and on the role of the landscape architect in creating ecologically and socially sustainable systems.  In 2013, efforts will concentrate on the Riverside wetlands, an area rich with wildlife and native plants.

Previous projects include:

  • Overland Park Renovation; the first “habitat park” in Colorado, had lost its irrigation system and potential similar to Riverside.
  • Birding for the Blind- a wetlands education project for Bluff Lake Nature Center
  • Berthoud Pass Historic Wagon Trail – a historic, accessibly designed trail in Empire provides a challenge course for the disabled as well as others interested in the history and ecology of the area.

UCD Architecture Professor Charles Chase said “the intention is to connect students with real world design issues and organizations that can create projects but need assistance with the planning and design components as well as linking the local community to the project design and implementation wherever possible.”

The Fairmount Heritage Foundation’s Riverside Revival, an effort to establish an environmentally sustainable landscape, now in its 5th year, is greatly enhanced through this alliance. According to Fairmount Heritage Foundation Executive Director, Patricia Carmody, “the Riverside Revival is about preserving Riverside Cemetery for future generations as an educational resource–for everything from history to horticulture. This project is an example of community collaboration at its best.”

Advanced Landscape Ecology Workshop students will focus on the development and application of ecological thinking and seeing in project design and implementation.  Human ecological and social needs will provide direction with Universal Design applications and Wildland Urban Interface issues included.

UCD-Students-at-Lester-Drake-MonumentAbout UCD College of Architecture & Planning – Master of Landscape Architecture

Landscape architects articulate and design physical spaces supporting healthy, ethical relationships between people, place, and resources while enhancing the inherent qualities of that place. One hundred and fifty years ago our profession rose to meet challenges presented in a rapidly changing industrializing world. Today, pressures of globalization, unprecedented growth, loss of heritage, disconnection between people and the natural environment, and environmental degradation require our design profession to bring the art and science, and the integrity of landscape architecture to bear on issues requiring designs for environmental and cultural solutions. More about UCD College of Architecture & Planning

National Geographic Channel Films at Riverside

On a beautiful breezy day in June 2011, the Fairmount Heritage Foundation met with a Shine TV film crew at Riverside Cemetery to film an episode for the National Geographic Channel. An advance team had already met with Patricia Carmody and Ray Thal in May that year to view the archival documents and take some background video in preparation for the shoot.

 The crew had traveled across Colorado in their quest for answers to the identity of a man buried in the old City Cemetery (now Cheesman Park) that had been unearthed during recent construction. They interviewed many of our partners and collaborators including: Tom Noel, Dr. Colorado (; James Jeffrey, Denver Public Library, Genealogy Collection Specialist ( and and William Convery, State Historian, Director of Exhibits and Interpretation (  And now they were at Riverside to film the final segment…

Filming-History-Cold-Case-at-RivTo learn more about the mystery you’ll want to tune into the National Geographic Channel on May 10th ; look for The Decrypters USA – Cowboy Corpse. To see a preview of the Riverside segment of the show visit:

Doors Open Denver

One event in Denver that is a great way to kick off Spring and nicer weather is the annual “Doors Open Denver”. Held this year April 14-15th, this FREE event is a fabulous opportunity for residents and visitors alike to experience Denver’s diverse architecture.

Participants have a choice of a self-guided tour or expert tour (led by architects and historians). For detailed information about Doors Open Denver 2012, visit the Denver City Website, where you can get a complete list of participating sites and their locations—as well as other helpful information.

This year’s theme is DENVER LANDMARKS, which can be found aplenty at both the Riverside and Fairmount cemetery. Our cemeteries provide many interesting historic landmarks that are a poignant part of Colorado’s history. So we  hope you will include us in one of your Doors Open Denver stops this year.

In addition to history, there are other things to admire at our cemeteries, from beautiful flora to wildlife. Mike’s Camera is a sponsor of this year’s tour, and is holding a photo contest with prizes. So when you visit us this weekend, bring your camera! Contest info is available on Mike’s website.

We hope you enjoy this year’s tour and hope to see you!

The Fairmount Heritage Foundation Staff