Interior design students visit Denver's Parade of Homes

Vanishing walls, hidden poker rooms and turnstile garages represented only a fraction of the surprises in store for Fort Hays State University's interior design students at Denver's Parade of Homes on Aug. 29.

The parade is an annual event held in Denver as a "showcase for builders and a competition for designers," said Charmion Arthur, instructor of interior design in the Art Department. "Students are able to experience the cutting edge technology rather than hearing it through a lecture," Arthur said.

The amazing array of homes range in size from 5,700 to 10,000 square feet. They are priced starting at $1.6 million and are built specifically for the event.

"The homes are a step beyond showcase rooms," senior Jennifer Koehn said. "They give us a lot of ideas and introduce new technologies that we might not ever see around here."

Students who attended the Parade of Homes include Melissa Allison, Valley Center junior; Lynn Bandy-Eisenbart, Colby senior; Emily Carver, Minneapolis senior; Katie Christopher, Protection senior; Olivia Conway, Emporia sophomore; Tracy Dyer, Rose Hill senior; Kelley Edwards, Scott City junior; Angela Goddard, Russell junior; Faith Hewitt, Meade senior; Jennifer Koehn, Castle Rock, Co. senior; Joshua McMahan, Clay Center senior; Breanna McRae, Rose Hill junior; Dani Stucker, Dodge City senior; Cyreesa Wilson, Scott City senior; and Ivy Zupancic, Dodge City senior.

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