One thumb’s up, one thumb’s down: An emotional afternoon

The Park Hill farmhouse’s fate and the same situation for the iconic Tom’s Diner on East Colfax created a sobering situation for everyone. There were sorrow and concern from those seeking a reprieve from the probable demolition of the Park Hill farmhouse, but the case was lost. There were tears and sorrow and concern during …

Late, but: What happened when smart discussion got amped up about a ramp

Flash back for a bit to May 21. Almost two months ago, the city proposed demolishing the South Ramp at Red Rocks, with concerns for its structural integrity, among other concerns. Also on that agenda before the Denver Landmark Preservation Commission, the staff and commissioners also presented a new concept for a stage cover. The …

Modernism also is key to the future of Loretto Heights’ campus

This is my personal Modernism Week: Day Two. For many, the Loretto Heights campus stands out for its historic Richardsonian Romanesque sandstone structures, such as the administration building and the chapel. They are beautiful. But there are also really fine Modern buildings on that campus, especially the May Bonfils Stanton Performing Arts Center, which is …

Sometimes you need a better top. Or any top.

This week two proposals for two hotels in two Denver neighborhoods were reviewed. One didn’t get the go-ahead from the Landmark Preservation Commission, while another was given the OK to proceed – with conditions – by the  Lower Downtown Design Review Board. On Tuesday, the Denver Landmark Preservation Commission expressed concerns about two items involving …

The Rossonian: A landmark on the agenda, again

Last October, the Rossonian was on the Denver Landmark Preservation agenda for two design reviews. One item was the partial demolition of the roof, and the second item was the rehabilitation, rooftop addition, and alterations to the Rossonian's annex next door. Those discussions were postponed. Now, the revered Rossonian, a 1911 building designed by George …