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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
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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
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Architecture
Inside look at Hotel Teatro
March 22, 2016 at 4:04 pm 0
Hotel Teatro Denver Denver Urban Review was provided the opportunity to tour Denver's Hotel Teatro this week. The hotel stands at 1100 14th Street in downtown Denver. Originally built in 1911 as the Denver Tramway Building, the structure was converted into Hotel Teatro in 1997. The name of the hotel was inspired by the nearby Denver Performing Arts Complex that is also located on 14th Street. Teatro means theater in Italian. Hotel Teatro features 110 rooms and space for meetings and events. In 2014 Denver-based Oz Architecture renovated areas of the hotel with significant updates to the first floor. The two pillars of this update include The Nickel, a restaurant and bar that features new American cuisine, and The Study, a coffee bar/breakfast lounge with a fire place and abundant cozy seating. Below are two photos of The Nickel: The Nickel Hotel Teatro The Nickel Hotel Teatro "The Kitchen design concept is bringing a farm to table concept to it, while bringing a unique twist to the Nickel Restaurant; changing up the idea of bringing natural flavors to the guests' palette," explains Darcey Vertuca of Oz Architecture." The whole concept with the project is old with new; we wanted to highlight the old lead glass windows to bring in the light and feature the unique architecture." The name of The Nickel pays homage to the portion of the Tramway Building that was utilized to collect nickels from folks riding streetcars in Denver. "About twenty percent of the traffic coming to The Nickel are hotel guests and the rest is local traffic. We are right next to the theater here and are centrally located," said Hotel Teatro general manager David Coonan." The Study sees a lot more activity in the morning with hotel guests, so we have created that as our breakfast area, and what you see with The Nickel is a unique lunch and dinner experience." Below are photos of The Study: The Study Hotel Teatro Hotel Teatro Denver Hotel Teatro Denver  
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Architecture, Project Announcements
12-story apartment project planned for Uptown
March 11, 2016 at 1:56 pm 3
SOVA Denver

Rendering courtesy Craine Architecture

SOVA, a 12-story apartment project is planned to take shape at the northwest corner of 19th and Grant Street in Denver's Uptown neighborhood. The building will feature 211 apartments and 6 of the units will be walk-up townhome style units that will activate Grant Street. Denver-based Craine Architecture is the firm that designed this project and the developer is McWhinney. Amenities featured at SOVA are a fitness room, a community room, a golf simulator and a 4th floor courtyard. A sky deck will be showcased on the 12th floor. SOVA was formerly titled Grant House.
SOVA Denver

Rendering courtesy Craine Architecture

 
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Architecture, Project Announcements
The Colewood announced for 3860 Tennyson St.
February 2, 2016 at 10:22 pm 1
The Colewood Denver

Rendering of The Colewood provided by Craine Architecture.

The Colewood, a 49-unit apartment project is planned for 3860 Tennyson Street in northwest Denver. This development is slated to break ground this March with completion expected in the spring of 2017. {google_map} 3860 Tennyson Street, Denver, CO{/google_map} Riverpoint Partners is the developer and Crane Architecture designed The Colewood. The project will feature a ground-floor fitness center for residents and a rooftop amenity deck. Apartments on the upper floors will have views of the mountains and downtown Denver from attached patios. Below-grade parking has been designed into the project. Exterior finishes will be a combination of brick masonry and raw steel accents on the bottom two floors. The upper portion of the building will be clad in metal paneling. The Colewood will not feature retail space.

Architect Eric Bottenhorn of Crane Architecture explains the design of The Colewood.

“With the well-established fabric of the Tennyson corridor, it’s important for the building to appreciate its rich context.  To that end, we felt it important to establish a strong base, relating to the scale of adjacent buildings.  Above this base, we’ve stepped back at the upper levels, allowing the upper volume to read as a secondary form.  The material selections, window pattern, and hung balconies, relate to the historic context, while the transition details and the way in which the materials are assembled, allow Colewood to be of its time.  This should be a complimentary addition to an already vibrant streetscape,” said Bottenhorn.

Millennials are expected to be the primary demographic, but a variety of age groups are anticipated to call this development home.

Riverpoint Partners closed on the property in February of 2015.

The area of Tennyson Street between 38th Avenue and 46th Avenue has become a trendy area with several bars, restaurants and new multifamily developments taking shape in recent years.

The 203-unit Decatur Point apartment project in Denver’s Jefferson Park neighborhood at 27th Avenue and Decatur Street is also a River Point Partners and Crane Architecture designed development.

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