Significant investments into Golden's art scene are helping to ensure the city's attraction goes beyond recreation.

"Golden, as you know, is known for beer, outdoors, you know, maybe some restaurants and Coors. Right?  As it should be, and that's so cool that's our stuff, but we also have this great arts scene and our theater scene," said Len Matheo with the Miners Alley Performing Arts Center.

A scene that is expanding -- between Miner's Alley and the Foothills Art Center -- the city of Golden's history has a new future.

"It could have turned into office space ... It could have eventually sold; it could have been demolished. Who knows?" Hassan Najjar said.

Najjar, the executive director of Foothills Art Center, is talking about Astor House and their new home.