Architecture, Art, Construction Updates, Denver Photographs, Downtown Living
Downtown Denver Photos
December 11, 2016 at 9:54 pm 4
With some recent free time I have captured some photos in and around Downtown Denver on two separate urban hikes. I really enjoyed getting out and photographing Downtown Denver area since I did not have much free time to do so during the summer and fall. To begin, here is a series of photos captured from the Auraria Campus. The crane for 1144 Fifteenth Street is visible. When Looking closely, you can see a concrete boom just above the roofline of 1401 Lawrence that is in place to pour concrete for the elevator shaft of 1144 Fifteenth Street. It won't be long before 1144 Fifteenth Street makes a major impact on the Denver skyline. Downtown Denver Here is one looking towards the north where we can see The Confluence, a 34-story luxury apartment building that is under construction. Confluence Denver Downtown Denver Denver Skyline Downtown Denver Here are a few pictures a little closure to 1144 Fifteenth Street: Denver construction The glass installation is moving along at 1144 Fifteenth Street. Denver skyscraper construction Downtown Denver Here are some black and white photos of Downtown Denver I captured while walking around: Denver black and white photography Black and white photography Denver Black and white photography Denver Lodo at night And a few Downtown Denver photographs in color: Denver Union Station Holidays Denver Union Station all set for the holidays with Christmas lights. Denver Union Station Christmas Denver Union Station Holidays Bridge over Cherry Creek. Denver Cherry Creek Bridge Here are a few photographs I snagged around the Denver Art Museum. Clyfford Still Museum Denver Art Museum The ART Hotel has been open for over a year now and I see it as a nice addition to this part of Broadway. Denver Broadway at night Art Hotel At night Denver Art Museum An eclectic mix of architectural styles in a relatively small area of Denver. Civic Center Park Night Civic Center Park Denver Here is one of the Clyfford Still Museum: Art Museum Denver I hope you all enjoyed taking a look at some of my recent photos of Denver.  
Architecture, Construction Updates
Downtown Denver/Union Station October update
October 10, 2016 at 9:14 pm 4
Hi amigos,  I have been way overdue to post a Denver construction update. Work has really taken off the last few months which has been exciting to see. However, I have not had a much time to devote to Denver Urban Review. This past weekend I had some down time, grabbed the camera and headed downtown to enjoy a beautiful fall day in the Mile High City. Here are some photos I captured of the construction in Denver during this most recent urban hike. Some of the projects are really beginning to make a significant impact on Denver's architectural landscape. First, over in Riverfront Park The Confluence is taking shape at 15th Street and Little Raven. The 288-unit building will feature studio, one, two, and three bedroom apartments. The Confluence will reach 34 floors once finished. The Confluence has reached the 29th floor- so 5 more floors until this puppy tops off. justin-2 Denver construction   Denver construction   Denver construction   Denver construction   Denver Architecture Next is 1776 Curtis, a residential high-rise that will reach 29 floors, with the 29th floor serving as a mechanical penthouse. A total of 359 apartment units will be offered in studio, one, and two bedroom options. The 28th floor will feature penthouse units. The development will also include 999 17th Street, a 9-story office building that will be located at the 17th Street side of the block. Denver architecture Denver architecture Denver construction Denver construction   In downtown Denver at 15th and California we find the dual-brand hotel project that is being developed by White Lodging.  This site will become an AC Hotel by Marriott and a Starwood-branded Le Meridien Hotel and has topped off at 20 floors. Construction began in September. This project is under construction one block from the Colorado Convention Center. White Lodging also developed the dual-brand Hyatt House/Hyatt Place hotel located on 14th Street that opened in November. Denver Hotel Denver Hotel Denver construction Denver Hotel Next we se the site of 1144 Fifteenth Street, a 40-story skyscraper under construction in downtown Denver at 15th Street and Arapahoe. This building will feature 640,000 square feet of office space. Pickard Chilton the architecture firm that designed 1144 Fifteenth Street. Denver Skyscraper construction Denver skyscraper Denver construction 1144's elevator shaft is now visible from Larimer Square. Larimer Square Denver skyscraper Just a stone’s throw away is the site of the 22-story 1401 Lawrence project. The building has now reached its top floor. This is another Denver project where The Beck Group designed the building and is also serving as the general contractor. Work is just about complete on this project so this will be the last time this project is featured on the Denver construction update. It has been a enjoyable covering this project from the start. Denver construction Denver development Denver construction justin-28 Denver architecture Here are a few of my favorites of 1401 Lawrence from its time under construction: Downtown Denver Denver Construction 1401 Lawrence 1401 Lawrence   Beck Group Denver
A tower crane was recently installed at the 1401 Lawrence site. Denver Urban Review Feb. 2015

A tower crane was recently installed at the 1401 Lawrence site. Denver Urban Review Feb. 2015

Next is a look at the construction site of the 12-story Kimpton Hotel. This project will also include a 5-story office component as well. The hotel will house 200 rooms and space for ground floor retail/restaurants will also be constructed. This development is taking shape adjacent to the Denver Union Station train platform. Denver Construction Denver construction Denver Hotel In the below photo one can see that work is underway on The Coloradan. The first condominium building in the Union Station neighborhood. Located at 1750 Wewatta Street, the $200 million, 334-unit condominium project is slated to be complete in September 2018.Denver Union Station Construction Also in the above photo one can see the progress of Union Tower West and Pivot Denver. A ground-level photo of The Coloradan construction site: Union Station Denver Here is a closer look at Union Tower West. At 18th and Wewatta Union Tower West will feature a 180-room Hotel Indigo along with 100,000 square feet of leasable office space. Atlanta-based Portman-holdings is the developer. Union Station Denver The Ashley Union Station,  a subsidized housing project has also made good progress: Ashley Union Station Pivot Denver is taking shape at 18th and Wewatta. Pivot Denver is set to feature a Whole Foods grocery store. Pivot Denver will include 580 apartment units. Holland Partner Group is the developer and Davis Partnership Architects designed the structure. Union Station Denver Pivot Denver Union Station Denver Work continues at 1709 Chestnut. this development will include two building, with one reaching 24 floors and the other reaching 12 floors. Union Station Denver Denver Union Station Central Platte Valley The AMLI Riverfront Green apartment project continues to make progress. This project will feature 300 units once complete and is located at 18th and Little Raven. Denver construction 16 Chestnut, an office project that will rise to 19 floors, is taking shape adjacent to Denver’s Millennium Bridge. 16 Chestnut Here are a couple panos of the Union Station area construction: Union Station Denver Denver Union Station Construction And here is one from Diamond Hill. The Confluence is really making an impact from this view. 1144 Fifteenth St. can also be seen just to the left of the Four Seasons. Downtown Denver Thank you for stopping by and take care, Justin Feel free to connect if you are anyone you know has a need for outstanding real estate photography. If so, I invite you to take a look at my real estate photography website: justinmartinphotography.com     
1776 Curtis updated renderings
May 19, 2016 at 3:42 pm 6
Below are updated renderings of 1776 Curtis, a 28-story apartment building under construction in Downtown Denver. Renderings are courtesy Davis Partnership Architects . 1776 Curtis Shea Properties is the developer. The property has most recently served as a parking lot which closed in advance of construction. 1776 Curtis The residential portion will rise to 28 floors, with the 28th floor serving as a mechanical penthouse. A total of 359 apartment units will be offered in studio, one, and two bedroom options. The 27th floor will feature penthouse units.

Ground-floor retail space will be incorporated in 1776 Curtis. The project will have a total of 16,965 square-feet of retail space.

Structured parking will be included and will feature a total of 535 parking spaces.

Construction of 1776 Curtis is slated to take 25 months, which puts this downtown Denver construction project on target for a 2018 1st quarter opening.

The residential side will be constructed using concrete with a precast skin.

Amenities will be featured on the 8th level of the residential portion and will include a pool, two spas, an outdoor common space with fire places and grills. A fitness room and a dedicated space for dogs will also be showcased.

1776 Curtis A 9-story office building will be constructed on the 17th street side of the project as well. Here is a photo of the construction site from this month: 1776 Curtis
Architecture, Art
Inside the Renaissance Downtown Denver Hotel
May 5, 2016 at 11:37 pm 2
The Renaissance Denver Downtown Back in 2014 the former Colorado National Bank Building located in downtown Denver at 17th Street and Champa Street, opened as The Renaissance Denver Downtown City Center Hotel. Included in this adaptive re-use project was the addition of two new floors to the upper portion of the building. The City of Denver required that the new floors be set back from the rest of the structure to not distract from the original architecture. This is not the first time floors have been added to the building. In the below photo one can see the original 4-story structure, the first expansion in the middle portion of the building, and the most recent expansion with the upper two floors. Renaissance hotel denver Since the hotel opened a couple of years back, I have stepped off of 17th Street and into the lobby of the hotel to admire the fantastic murals that adorn the walls. Alan Tupper True painted the murals in the building which opened in 1915. The Renaissance Denver Downtown City Center features 221 guest rooms and nine suites; 6,000 square feet of meeting space and a fitness center. The Colorado National Bank's originalvaults have been incorporated into the design of the hotel. Thanks to the folks at the hotel for an inside look at the building. Renaissance hotel denver Renaissance hotel denver Here is a look at one of the suites: Renaissance Denver Hotel
Architecture, City Living
Inside The Daniels & Fisher Tower
April 21, 2016 at 11:15 pm 0
Daniels & Fisher Tower Daniels & Fisher TowerThis week I was provided the opportunity to tour The Daniels & Fisher Tower in Downtown Denver thanks to the folks that manage the event space on the upper floors of the building. Over a hundred events a year are held at the property and range from weddings to corporate events. The structure is located at the corner of 16th Street and Arapahoe Street. The Daniels & Fisher Tower was completed in 1911, and at the time was not only the tallest building in Denver, but the tallest building west of the Mississippi. The tower reaches 393 feet and was designed by architect Frederick Sterner. The tower was inspired by the St Mark's Campanile, a bell tower located in Venice, Italy. A performing arts venue is located in the basement of the property and is home to the popular Lannie's Clocktower Cabaret. I attended the cabaret show a couple of years back– it's a trip and worth attending. During the urban renewal chapter of the 60s and 70s entire downtown blocks of Victorian era buildings in Denver were demolished. The Daniels and Fisher Tower nearly fell victim to the wrecking ball during this time. However, there was enough public outcry to save the structure. The original department store that was connected to the tower was demolished however. This was my first time back inside The Daniels & Fisher Tower since I was a little kid in the early 90s. My dad had a friend who had an office in the tower and I have a couple of faint memories of tagging along with my dad to visit his friend's office. A narrow outdoor space encompasses the tower a level above the clock faces. The views from this historic structure are amazing, and it makes for a great vantage point to check on the ever-changing urban landscape of the Mile High City. In this photo we see downtown Denver looking towards the south. If you look below the Convention Center Hyatt, the construction site of what will become the 20-story dual-brand Le Meridien/AC Hotels at 15th and California is visible. Downtown Denver This photo aims towards the southwest directly at the 45-story Four Seasons Hotel and Residences. From this perspective the construction sites of 1144 Fifteenth Street and 1401 Lawrence are visible. 1401 Lawrence 1144 Fifteenth Street Pointing the camera towards the northwest, the 16th Street Mall can be seen all the way to the Millennium bridge. Looking down 16th Street adjacent to Union Station is the construction crane for the Kimpton hotel development. Just to the right of the Barclay (the white high-rise) and in front of the glass house, we have a peek at the Pivot Denver project. 16th Street Mall Here is a photo looking towards the north: Downtown Denver Looking towards the northeast: Downtown Denver Here is a pano of the western side of Downtown Denver. Click to enlarge. When this image is enlarged you can see the one of the construction cranes of what will become the 34-story The Confluence apartment project- the crane is gray, so it's not the easiest to spot but it is seen just the right of the upper part the red brick Larimer Place Condos. Downtown Denver Panorama