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A few days ago a friend and I happened along this beautiful stone church in Hygiene, Colorado. This is about as simple as a building can be – a single, simple gabled building, about twice as long as it is wide.  And, about as tall as it is wide. It is the Church of the […]

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Each year Colorado Preservation Inc identifies a number of interesting and threatened buildings across the state. This year, prominent on the list, was a collective entry – the older advertising signs along Denver’s Colfax Avenue. I have been making images of these signs for years, so I decided to re-post this blog entry of mine from some time ago:

Colfax Avenue runs east-west through Denver, Colorado and is an approximately 26 mile journey from the eastern plains through the heart of the city westward to the base of the mountains.  Starting out as US Highway 40, it was the main entry into Denver from the east until the interstate highway system displaced its welcoming role.  The vestiges of that motor age are still evident in the aging signs that dot its length.  Once known as the “wickedest street in America”, Colfax is pretty tame these days as the muffler shops and fast-food outlets slowly displace the decaying motor inns and diners, vice and violence.

Starting from the eastern edge, you can get ready for your trip to the West by dressing the part

share save 120 16 Colfax Avenue, signs of western journey
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As Chair of Boulder’s Landmarks Board, I have been heading up an effort to engender greater appreciation and recognition of some of Boulder’s remarkable 1960′s architecture. Boulder really flowered in this decade as a number of new, high tech industries moved to town and the overall prosperity lead to a explosive building boom.  On the […]

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I am giving a public talk on February 19th on a brief history of Modern Architecture in Boulder at the public library Canyon Theater.  I have given a version of this talk in the past, with emphasis on preservation of the recent past.  This time around I have rewritten the focus of the talk to […]

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Another in a series of posts of some of the remarkable architects that were working in Boulder, Colorado in the 1960s.  This was a particularly fruitful time for questioning the basis for especially residential design and Boulder’s building boom allowed some of the more talented local architects to experiment with new forms, materials and most […]

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  Photos by Boulder architects M. Gerwing Architects  

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Why do we preserve buildings? Why do we care about mute constructions, often old and unused, occasionally in the way or overlooked? We have all walked through great neighborhoods and parts of cities with magnificent old buildings and very few of us would show no concern at all if these places were simply ground down […]

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I have often written about my interest in regionally specific architecture, especially vernacular forms that derive from local climatic conditions or materials availability.  I recently spent some time in the Florida Keys and in my typically geeky architecture fashion, spent almost as much time looking at the local historic buildings as I did relaxing on […]

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