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“Quoins” are the exposed stone pieces that you sometimes see stacking up only on the corner of a building. They sometimes look like a zipper applied to the corner edges of a structure.  And their use today is odd and usually fake and is trying to allude to traditional masonry construction and presumably the sense […]

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One of Denver’s sort of hidden architectural gems is the Mullen Building, part of the Saint Joseph hospital complex. Built in 1933, the Mullen Building was designed as a nursing school and dormitory by Denver architect Temple Hoyne Buell.  Buell was from Chicago and like so many Coloradans, came out West for the treatment of […]

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On the east side of US36 that runs between Boulder and Denver, is a large, hulking building that you can just see above the suburban sprawl of car lots and muffler shops.  This massive stone building is currently a Christian school but in its early life it was home to a Presbyterian college called Westminster […]

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Construction is well under way on a complete renovation and second story addition to a simple South Boulder ranch house. The original house is a simple, 1,200 sf, single-story rectangular box with a simple, single gabled roof.   This is fairly typical for not only South Boulder, but a vast majority of developer-driven builder homes […]

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In a collaboration with ACI Design:Build, we have been working on the design for a new house up on Sunshine Canyon. Built on the site of a house lost to the Fourmile Wildfire, this house has been designed to be highly tuned, or optimized to its spectacular panoramic site. With views spanning over 270 degrees, […]

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some photos and thoughts about a recent trip to the local Columbia Cemetery in Boulder, Colorado

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Most Coloradans are familiar with Charles Deaton’s Sculptural House located on that prominent hill in Genessee.  Made famous in Woody Allen’s film The Sleeper, it is likely more contemplatively seen while sitting in Saturday morning ski traffic on I-70. Deaton’s most interesting work however may be the Keys Savings and Loan building south of Denver […]

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So much of our understanding of what makes a building beautiful is based on a notion of discovering or uncovering the perfectly pleasing proportions of an architectural space or facade.  From the earliest writing on architecture in the western world, we have been obsessively concerned with the proper height to width ratio of a column, […]

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