Historic Denver is one of only two organizations allowed to host an event in the elegant lobby of the historic Brown Palace Hotel and Spa.
The Keystone Award honors people who have made significant contributions over their lifetime to historic preservation in Denver.
Dana Crawford is one of the city’s most recognizable preservationists. Mrs. Crawford initiated a concept of urban renewal that was one of the first of its kind in the United States. She pioneered the redevelopment of Denver’s historic Larimer Square in the mid 1960s. Since that time, Mrs. Crawford has redeveloped more than 800,000 square feet of historic property in the city of Denver including the Oxford Hotel, the Acme Lofts, the Flour Mill Lofts, the Edbrooke Lofts and Cooper Flats Condominiums. Most recently, she was a member of Union Station Alliance, the team that redeveloped the historic Denver Union Station. To honor all the great work that Mrs. Crawford has accomplished in Denver, the Alliance named the new hotel at The Crawford.
Mrs. Crawford served nine years on the board of directors of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, six of those years on its executive committee. In 1995 the National Trust awarded her their highest honor, the distinguished Louise duPont Crowninshield Award. For fifteen years she worked with Preservation Action, serving as president for two years. She presently serves on the national board of Project for Public Spaces.
Ann Love Award
The Ann Love Award was established in 1997 to honor individuals who may not consider themselves traditional preservationists but have shown initiative, creativity, and commitment in preserving the history, culture and architecture of Denver. The award is named for Ann Love, wife of Colorado Governor John Love. Mrs. Love was instrumental in saving the Molly Brown House and establishing Historic Denver but never considered herself a preservationist. She had remarkable determination and garnered support for projects she felt were essential to making Colorado and Denver one of the country’s best places.
Phillip Jr. and Jane Watkins
Phillip Jr. and Jane Watkins have been creating and preserving Denver’s stained glass for the past 50 years. Stained glass has been a Watkins family tradition since 1761 and Phil Jr. is the fourth generation of Watkins men to work in Colorado. He is one of the few artists in the country who can do every aspect of stained glass from the concept of creating the design, sketching, measuring, patterning, cutting the glass, painting, glazing and finally installing the windows. Jane Watkins has a degree in Art History and operates the business facets of the studio, allowing Phil to do his art.
During the past 50 years Phil, Jr. has fabricated new stained glass for over 380 churches, worked on many restoration projects, and has created thousands of residential windows. Besides restoring windows on just about every church across the state of Colorado, Phil Jr. has also worked on some very unique buildings, such as the Wyoming State Capitol, the Colorado Governor’s Mansion, and the Phipps Tennis Pavilion. He restored, removed, and reinstalled the original L.C. Tiffany window in the Equitable Building and performed many restorations and repairs in the Colorado State Capitol, including a major restoration of the Senate Chambers Windows.
Molly Brown Award
The Molly Brown Award was created to honor women who live in Margaret “Molly” Brown’s spirit today by devoting many years to civic life in all its forms, actively engaging themselves in politics, philanthropy, arts and cultural endeavors and historic preservation as Mrs. Brown did. Each year this award will honor a woman who demonstrates this same level of passion about the world and who is willing to take the lead, speak her mind and make Denver a stronger community for everyone.
Marilyn Quinn has been a driving force for preservation in northwest Denver for a number of years. She was integral in the creation of the Ghost Historic District and spearheaded the groundswell of community support for the designation of the Beth Eden Baptist Church at 32nd and Lowell. Through her work with the Friends of West Highlands Landmarks, Mrs. Quinn has been a passionate, rational advocate for development paired with the preservation of significant historic structures, which builds better communities for current and future generations.
Community Preservation Awards
The Community Preservation Awards are given annually to a handful of projects, institutions and individuals that have made an exceptional contribution to the preservation of Denver’s heritage. These projects exemplify high quality restoration, the careful consideration of the city’s historic fabric and a commitment to community. The winners of these awards are essential to Historic Denver’s mission and the organization takes great pride in recognizing those who assist us in enhancing Denver’s built environment. Here is a look at the best in adaptive reuse projects that are making their mark on Denver’s built environment.
Denver Union Station
17th and Wynkoop
The train arrived in Denver in 1870. Denver had its first Union Station in 1881. And in July of 2014 the restored, re-imagined Denver Union Station opened. The new Denver Union Station is not merely a place to wait for a train, but “Denver’s living room.” Union Station Alliance, which includes Larimer Associates, McWhinney, Sage Hospitality Resources, REGen, LLC., Urban Neighborhoods, and local design architects JG Johnson Architects and Tryba Architects, was the force behind this transformation. The cavernous 1914 Great Hall, designed by Aaron Gove and Thomas Walsh, is now filled with benches, couches, restaurants, shops and bars. The rest of the building, including the 1881 wing buildings, is now the Crawford Hotel, a boutique hotel managed by the Oxford Hotel. The $54 million renovation has turned the sleepy train station into an exciting destination in Lower Downtown Denver.
3001 Brighton Boulevard
Industry Denver is a new development in the River North Neighborhood that offers 12,000 square feet of collaborate office space and amenities. The project was developed by Jason and Ellen Winkler, who also developed Battery 621, the 14-tenant building at 6th Avenue and Santa Fe Drive. Industry Denver is in the 1939 H.A. Marr Grocery warehouse that was designed by architect Roland Linder, who also designed the Midwest Steel & Iron Works office, and the wings of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Before it became Industry Denver, the building also housed a furniture company, a cabinetry shop and a glass company at different times. The Winklers looked at over 50 buildings before settling on this one. They were looking for a building that was intact and in an area that was in need of a bit of revitalization. They really liked the Brighton Boulevard area and fell in love with the skylights in the building.
7020 East 12th Avenue
In 2012, Colorado business owners Jesse Jespersen and Sylvia Atencio-Jespersen purchased the Richthofen Castle — one of Denver’s most storied buildings. The Castle was built by Walter von Richthofen, uncle to famed WWI pilot, “The Red Baron,” and speculative real estate developer. His stately home in the remote Montclair neighborhood was intended to draw development out towards the prairie. Completed in 1887, the home was model after the original Richthofen Castle in Germany. A later addition removed much of the castle’s crenellated walls, replacing them with a Tudor Revival style, half-timbered hall. The Richthofen Castle suffered from severe water damage, which caused the drop ceilings (installed in the 1970s) to rot from the inside out. After purchasing the building in 2012, the Jespersens began an extensive restoration program to repair the water damage, restore the interior, and make the home livable from top to bottom. They are bringing the home back to its original grandeur, and making it once again an icon in the Montclair neighborhood.
Station 26 Brewing Co.
7045 East 38th Avenue
At the end of 2013 Justin Baccary opened Station 26 Brewing Co. in the former Denver Station 26 Firehouse. Mr. Baccary had mapped out all the breweries in Denver and decided that the North Park Hill/Stapleton area of Denver needed a brewery. The station was designed by Stanley Eaton Morse, architect of five firehouses in Denver and many schools throughout Colorado, and opened in 1959. The station had been vacant for two years and Mr. Baccary quickly signed a 10-year lease and got to work. The station was a perfect for a brewery; it has plenty of space, high ceilings, sloped concrete floors, and huge overhead doors. Mr. Baccary and his team only had to add a door for egress, a cooler, a steam boiler for the kettles, and restrooms on the first floor. The taproom retains the white tile walls of the station and is divided from the fifteen-barrel brewery by fire poles. The rest of the makeover includes colorful bar seating, ample wooden table seating, and cool industrial light fixtures.
The Broadway Plaza Motel, at the corner of 11th Avenue and Broadway, was purchased in 2009 by Mark Rycroft and his wife Dominique. Rycroft, a former professional hockey player with a degree in Construction Management from the University of Denver, never had any thought of demolishing the mid-century modern gem. In August of 2013 Rycroft and partner Jon Cook Jr. began work to convert the former motel into a mixed-use commercial space. After the removal of three layers of carpet, and eight months of cleaning and painting, the building reopened as The MetLo. The MetLo offers vintage charm and features concrete floors and floor-to-ceiling, south-facing windows. The existing seven foot overhang from the walkways creates the perfect natural sunshade and keeps lighting costs down. The new MetLo has 30 units for rent and retains the simplicity of the original 1958 design.
Colorado Gaming Association
Holland & Hart LLP
Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck
Building Restoration Specialties, Inc.
Hein & Associates
Lowe, Fell, Skogg, LLC
Milender White Construction Co.
David Leuthold and Darrin Revious
Annie Robb Levinsky
Each year at our Annual Dinner Historic Denver awards three individual acheivement awards and several awards for deserving community preservation projects. With more than 40 years of history the honorees are now an impressive group of civic leaders. To learn more about past winners watch the awards videos from the last five years!
The 2011 community preservation award winners included Bromwell Elementary for outstanding architecture and preservation education, those who have cared for and maintained the Daniels & Fisher Tower, Denver Water for the stewardship and sensitive addition at the Einfeldt Pump Station, Shirley Kenneally for her efforts to protect her home, the Mary Holland House, and SlaterPaull Architects for the sustainable conversion and restoration of Engine House No. 5 at 19th and Blake.
Four individuals were acknowledged for their contributions to preservation. Larry D. Williams will receive the Ann Love Award. The late Councilwoman Carla Madison was the recipient of the Molly Brown Award, created to honor a woman who demonstrates Margaret Brown’s commitment to community. The Keystone Award, given for lifetime achievement in historic preservation, was awarded to Lane & Ellen Ittelson.
Honorees: Keystone Award: Don & Carolyn Etter, Molly Brown Award: Susan Barnes-Gelt, Ann Love Award: Stephen Leonard. Community Preservation Awards: Curtis Park Neighbors, Allen M. Ghost Historic District, Cornwall Apartments, Sage Building, 16th Street Mall Steering Committee.
Honorees: Keystone Award: Peter Dominick, Molly Brown Award: Georgi Contiguglia, Ann Love Award: Mayor John Hickenlooper. Community Preservation Awards: Aromor Apartments, Clayton Campus, Rocky Mountain Seed Company, Dry Ice Factory, Wazee Exhange.
Honorees: Keystone Award: Barbara & Dennis Baldwin, Molly Brown Award: Mary Voelz Chandler, Ann Love Award: Michael Henry. Community Preservation Awards: Rock Island Building, American Woodman’s Life Building, Old San Raphael Neighborhood Association
Honorees: Molly Brown Award: Ellen Fisher, Ann Love Award: Walter Isenberg. Community Preservation Awards: Friends of Washington Park School, Historic Doyle Benton House, Landmark Preservation Commission of the City & County of Denver, Olinger Mortuary.
Honorees: Molly Brown Award: Councilwoman Jeanne Robb, Ann Love Award: Joyce Meskis. Community Preservation Awards: Project: Hughes/Brody Home, Colorado Colfax Marathon, Historic Bauer Building, Denver area Episcopal Church, Lowenstein Theater.