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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.

SAVE THE DATE- 44th Annual Dinner & Awards

The 2014 event will be held on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at the Brown Palace Hotel & Spa.  Tickets and tables always sell quickly, so reserve your spot today!

For the forty-fourth year Historic Denver will gather 400 of the city’s civic and business leaders, design professionals, respected craftsmen and local advocates to celebrate the role preservation plays in making Denver a world class city.

This year Historic Denver’s Annual Dinner & Awards Program will honor a diverse set of individuals and projects that reflect an organic spirit, a natural evolution of an old place into something fitting and new. Three individual awards, the Molly Brown Award, the Ann Love Award and the Keystone Award will be presented along with five projects earning Community Preservation Awards.

Guests at the Annual Dinner will have the opportunity to first mix and mingle in the elegant Grand Lobby of the Brown Palace Hotel. As one of only two organizations allowed this special privilege, the Historic Denver cocktail hour is known as the best of the year and is the gathering for those passionate about our city, its past, and its future.

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43rd Annual Dinner and Awards Program

Wednesday, October 23, 2013 Brown Palace Hotel and Spa

Preservation is progress, and the 2013 Historic Denver Annual Dinner & Awards Program highlighted the innovative collaborations, creative solutions and cutting-edge thinking of those who invest in the past as we build for the future.   For the forty-third year Historic Denver gathered 400 of the city’s civic and business leaders, design professionals, respected craftsmen and local advocates to celebrate the people and projects that made preservation possible this year.  

Watch the 2013 awards video, produced by Havey Productions:

Historic Denver: Community Preservation Awards 2013 from Havey Productions on Vimeo.

Keystone Award
The Keystone Award honors people who have made significant contributions over their lifetime to historic preservation in Denver.

Mayor Federico Peña

This year’s Keystone Award is given to Secretary Federico Peña to honor the 25th Anniversary of the creation of the Lower Downtown Historic District in 1988, a pivotal moment for Denver’s renaissance and a nationally recognized preservation success story. Mayor Peña’s support advocated for and signed the legislation for the Lower Downtown Historic District in 1988, which is celebrating its 25th Anniversary. Before the district was created LoDo was largely forgotten and marginalized. Between 1981 and 1988 more than 20% of the neighborhood’s buildings, the largest collection of 19th and early 20th century commercial structures in region, were demolished. Mayor Peña made historic district designation a top priority of his administration, and underscored the important stabilizing effect demolition prohibition would create, despite the fears of more than 80% of the district owners. Fortunately, less than five years later the economic success of the district had convinced its one-time opponents, as property values stabilized, investment increased, and Denver’s most popular mixed-use neighborhood began to emerge. Peña noted “History is what makes one place different from another, and I didn’t want our downtown to be developed to look like every other in America.”

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.

Amy Harmon

Amy Harmon, this year’s recipient of the Ann Love Award, is the founder Urban Market Partners, a full service real estate group building partnerships to implement progressive development projects. Ms. Harmon recently helped WonderBound secure the Weisco Motor Company Building, a historic structure which they will rehabilitate and use for both practice and performance space. Ms. Harmon is a Trustee of the Denver Museum of Contemporary Art, Board Member of Metro Denver Executive Club and is involved in the Denver City Park Alliance and Ballpark Neighborhood Association. Her commitment, creative energy and can-do attitude are contributing to each of the organizations and supporting the unique character we cherish in Denver.

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.

Jayne Buck

This year’s Molly Brown Award recipient is Jayne Buck. Jayne Buck has served as Vice President of Tourism for VISIT DENVER, the Convention & Visitors Bureau, since 1999. Like Mrs. Brown, she is a great supporter of the arts and a world traveler. In fact, Ms. Buck started Denver Arts Week. She is involved in local arts organizations including serving on the Cherry Creek Arts Festival Board of Directors (serving as Chair in 2010), the Denver Theater District Board and the Mayor’s Commission on Cultural Affairs.

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.

This year the five Community Preservation Award winners demonstrate that preservation is progress. Whether a former airplane hangar or horse barn these entities are both a part of Denver’s past and its future.

Denver County Fair
Held at the National Western Stock Show Grounds each summer
The Denver County Fair is now in its third year of “mixing up a big batch of tradition with a side of now!” The Denver County Fair makes use of the historic buildings of the National Western Complex and is a place to share ideas, traditions, creativity, local culture and intellect. The Denver County Fair is growing each year, and one of this year’s new attractions is the Denver History Pavilion. The fair’s mission is not so different than that of Historic Denver, seeking to “identify Denver’s unique character and reflect it back to the community.”

10th & Delaware
The Rocky Mountain Bank Note Building was designed by Denver architect Frank W. Frewen and built in 1929. In 1999 the building was remodeled to house PS 1 Charter School. Today the building is “an ‘innovation ecosystem’ designed to give entrepreneurs and innovators the best chance of success at the start of their next (or first) big thing.” The building features Gather, a full service café, a common area with desks for startups or individuals just beginning their growth, and “G Suites” for companies of 6 to 30 people which are gaining traction and further along in the growth continuum. The Galvanize project demonstrates that old and new create a dynamic combination, marrying a historic setting with great character with today’s technological resources.

Hangar 2 at Lowry
Rampart Way & East Academy Boulevard
The recent rehabilitation and reuse of Hangar 2 in Lowry has brought offices, retail, storage, and even a Beer Garden to Lowry! Hangar 2 at Lowry is being developed by Denver-based real estate investment and management firm, Larimer Associates, of Larimer Square fame, and by Hartman Ely Investments, whose prior work includes Lowry’s Steam Plant Lofts, Steam Plant Row Homes, Grand Lowry Lofts, and Officers Row Loft Homes. The new development restores the historic hangar, while offering spaces with history, charm and style, and the uniqueness of being located in an actual historic airplane hangar. It required creative thinking to find a new purpose for a structure this size! Like so many Larimer & Associates projects, Hangar 2 at Lowry creates a place that excites people and enhances the neighborhood.

Patterson Inn
11th & Pennsylvania
In late 2012 the Croke-Patterson-Campbell House became the Patterson Inn. The Manitou Sandstone Chateauesque mansion was built in 1890 by the Denver carpet store owner Thomas B. Croke, who gained fame as a merchant and experimental plant breeder. Mr. Croke later served as a state senator and started what is now the United Way. Thomas M. Patterson, a U.S. Congressman and owner of the Rocky Mountain News, purchased the home in 1913. Patterson’s daughter, Margaret, married Richard C. Campbell, and the couple lived with Mr. Patterson until 1916. Richard Campbell became a prominent local financial leader. The mansion had stood empty for a decade and was in need of interior restoration as well as exterior care and maintenance. The team behind the Patterson Inn completely revitalized the building, cleaning out debris, restoring historic woodwork, upgrading mechanical systems and adding handicap access, all in order to bring a viable and appropriate use to the former mansion. The design work was done by RAW Architecture.

The Horse Barn
33rd & Arapahoe
Purchased by the Denver Housing Administration (DHA) in the 1990s, the one-time Denver City Railway Company Horse Barn had already languished for decades. Either used for storage or left vacant, it was an eyesore in a neighborhood hoping for revitalization. DHA, with encouragement from the neighborhood, agreed to have the building included in the Curtis Park G Historic District in 2010. Soon plans were underway for a reimagined Horse Barn, this time with “stalls” intended to be incubators for non-profits with global aspirations. Renamed the Posner Center, the building is the nation’s first collaborative center for international development. The Center houses iDE, a locally based global non-profit, and Denver Urban Gardens as lead tenants and 27 Colorado-based organizations engaged in agriculture, education, energy, health, infrastructure and microfinance, among other fields. The project was led by DHA, which continues to own the structure. The renovations were designed by Tres Birds Architecture.

A Special Thank You to our 2013 Sponsors:

Silver Sponsors:
Building Restoration Specialties, Inc.
Christy Owen, The Kentwood Company
Holland and Hart
Larimer Associates

Bronze Sponsors:
Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck
Hein & Associates
Land Title Guarantee Company
Lowe, Fell & Skogg
NAI Shames Makovsky

Table Sponsors:
Assured Equity
City & County of Denver
Fuller Sotheby’s/Fred and Nancy Wolfe
Galvanize/Nichols Partnership
History Colorado
Humphries Poli Architects
Ian Wolfe/Ekman Design Studio
Leuthold Commercial/Tres Birds
Lewis Roca Rothgerber LLP
Milender White/JG Johnson Architects/Tryba Architects
Otten Johnson Robinson Neff & Ragonetti
Past Board Chairs - sponsored by Bob Musgraves & Joan Prusse
RedPeak Properties
Ruth Falkenberg and Larry Nelson
Sage Hospitality Resources
SlaterPaull Architects
Spectrum General Contractors, Inc.
Sprung Construction/Centennial Bank
St. Charles Town Company
Steele Street Bank
Vestar Capital Partners
In-kind support provided by:
Barry Rose Design
Havey Productions
r + d wine

2013 Annual Dinner Committee

Event Chairs:
David Leuthold and Ian Wolfe

Susan Barnes-Gelt
Ruth Falkenberg and Larry Nelson
Hayden Hirschfeld
Travis MacAfoos
Mark and Jaala Sheldon
Heather Vasquez
Cassie Wright
Karen Zeile




Past Awards Programs

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!

2012 Annual Dinner & Awards: October 30, 2012

Honorees: Ann Love Award, Bob & Suzanne Fanch; Molly Brown Award, Anna Jones; Keystone Award, Spectrum General Contracting; Community Preservation Awards: Marczyk's Fine Foods, Beth haMedrosh Hagodol – Church in the City, Colorado Realty Source at 1225 Logan, Denver City & County Building, National Trust for Historic Preservation's Emerson School.

Historic Denver: Community Preservation Awards 2012 from Havey Productions on Vimeo.

2011 Annual Dinner and Awards, November 2, 2011

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.

Historic Denver: Community Preservation Awards 2011 from Havey Productions on Vimeo.

2010 Awards Video, Havey Productions:

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.

Historic Denver Awards 2010 from Havey Productions on Vimeo.

2009 Awards Video, By Havey Productions

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.

Historic Denver Community Preservation Awards 2009 from Havey Productions on Vimeo.

2008 Awards Video by Havey Productions

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

Historic Denver: Annual Awards 2008 from Havey Productions on Vimeo.

2007 Awards Video, by Havey Productions

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.

Historic Denver: Annual Awards 2007 from Havey Productions on Vimeo.

2006 Awards Video, by Havey Productions

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.

Historic Denver: Annual Awards 2006 from Havey Productions on Vimeo.