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On the heels of a post about the amazing masonry of the Mullen Building, designed by Temple Hoyne Buell in 1933, I discovered an even more spectacular brick building that takes masonry construction and design to places I have never quite seen before.  The Bryant Webster Elementary School in Denver’s North Highlands neighborhood was designed […]

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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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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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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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M. Gerwing Architects has been in existence for six years as of April 1st. No foolin’. In that time we have executed a number of interesting projects, ones that benefited from that remarkable alchemy of open-minded clients, intriguing sites and managed budgets. (Photos of projects by Boulder architect M. Gerwing Architects) Of course, along the […]

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Siting quietly amongst its more noisome arts neighbors, the relatively new Clifford Still Museum in Denver is a wholly different kind of museum. Designed by Allied Works Architecture, the museum was designed to house explicitly the work the abstract expressionist painter.  Instead of the generic and changeable nature of the galleries of a typical museum, […]

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30th and Glenarm is an 8-unit condominium project located in Denver’s Five Points neighborhood and developed for the non-profit Northeast Denver Housing Center.  Initiated by a national competition sponsored by the Northeast Denver Housing Center and the American Institute of Architects, the project was developed from the first place award winning entry by Mark Gerwing. […]

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last Friday evening, I attended the Mixed Taste event at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver. http://www.mcadenver.org/index.php/programs/Mixed_Taste_Summer_Series The idea of this is to attempt to ferret out the strange and serendipitous connections between two disparate topics.  Two short talks are presented on two completely different topics.  Last Friday that was Chef Jorel Pierce discussing […]

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