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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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Architecture is serious business.  Not only because architect’s take themselves painfully serious, but because for folks who choose to go down the path of designing and building a custom house, it is probably the most money they will ever spend.  Tends to be a bit sobering. A house is the daily landscape of your life. […]

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I have been thinking a lot about how to better harness new technology and new media resources to bolster interest in historic preservation and the changing architectural faces of our cities.  I have written before about the potential of posting QR codes that allow visitors to easily access a rich and deep array of information […]

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Our workload has started off with a bang compared to the last couple of  years.  We are working on a number of really great projects – a couple of new houses, a couple of renovation/additions, a couple of master plans and a few other things. As I mentioned in a previous post, a number of […]

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