The Kirk was originally named after the English-born Bishop Francis Asbury, who tirelessly aided the establishment of the Methodist Episcopal Church in the United States. Today, the Kirk of Highland is privately owned and is used as an event venue. Plan the perfect wedding or corporate event at this architectural gem in Denver. You can also catch an intimate Candlelight concert bathed in the glow of hundreds of flickering candles at the Kirk.
If you want to check out the popular venue while exploring the LoHi district, you can hop on the G Line train or take the 28 bus to Highland. Discover one of Denver’s finest spaces while immersing yourself in one of its most vibrant neighborhoods.
Facts, Curiosities and Interesting Things about the Kirk of Highland
1. Treasuring sound
The Kirk houses a large pipe organ, the oldest organ in the Midwest, built by Anderson and Silsbee in 1875. Originally, the impressive instrument belonged to the Jewish Temple Emanuel but it was later purchased by the Asbury Methodist Church in 1911.
2. The Richardsonian Romanesque style
Influenced by the Richardsonian Romanesque movement, Kidder & Humphries adopted architect Henry Hobson Richardson’s popular style from the late 1800s when designing the Kirk of Highland. The round-headed Romanesque arches, stone-trimmed openings, and rusticated stone masonry construction all exemplify this heavy style.
3. Exploring Highland
While beholding the Kirk is definitely a must, its surrounding neighborhood needs to be explored. Discover Highland’s Victorian-era buildings, gardens, parks, art galleries, and great eateries. Just a few steps away from the Kirk you’ll find Little Man Ice Cream, Linger, and Lola.
Candlelight concerts at the Kirk of Highland
The Candlelight series continues to illuminate the Kirk this season. Talented musicians are taking to the candlelit stage to reimagine some of your favorite music. From Taylor Swift’s chart-topping hits to Bad Bunny’s catchy rhythms, listening to renditions of modern-day music in the classical form is an otherworldly experience.
What else can you do at the Kirk of Highland?
The Kirk of Highland is one of the best places to reserve for an event. Its expansive space offers you a somewhat blank canvas to work with and best execute your vision. It boasts three rental areas including the auditorium, complete with the building’s original seating, the 2,800 sq. ft. flagstone patio offering breathtaking views of Denver’s skyline, and the 4,000 sq. ft. open gallery space.
If you’re an architecture fanatic, you can visit Capital Hill Mansion, Iliff Mansion and the Central Presbyterian Church to see other buildings built in the Richardsonian Romanesque style.
Not only is the wildly popular Candlelight series illuminating the Kirk with its signature sea of candles, but it is also coming to several other stunning venues across the city. Experience a one-of-a-kind event whilst appreciating some of Denver’s architectural treasures. What’s more, with a whole array of concerts scheduled, there is something for every kind of music lover.