Freyer - Newman Center

Freyer - Newman Center

The Freyer – Newman Center is a physical manifestation of the Gardens’ celebration of the fusion of science and art. The Center marks the final step in our four-phase Master Development Plan.

The Center houses the Helen Fowler Library, the Sturm Family Auditorium, art galleries, herbaria, classrooms, the School of Botanical Art & Illustration and a coffee shop, the Copper Door. The Gardens’ holdings are unique because horticulture, plant conservation and preservation, mycology and art unite to document human relationships with these elements and the larger environment. Housing each of these programmatic elements in a single facility makes these assets more accessible to the public.

Denver Botanic Gardens announced two named donors whose contributions helped realize a 10-year Master Development Plan. Robert and Judi Newman and Ginny and John Freyer together contributed the final amount of funds to make possible the construction of the new center for science, art and education.

The Gardens broke ground in May 2018 for the Freyer – Newman Center. The LEED GOLD building, designed by Denver’s Davis Partnership Architects with GH Phipps serving as the general contractor, was completed in spring 2020. While its grand opening was delayed due to COVID-19, the building opened in phases.


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For information about giving to the Freyer - Newman Center Campaign, please contact Johanna Kelly at 720-865-3517 or

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