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Denver Landmarks are protected from demolition in perpetuity, and if the owner of a landmark structure does desire demolition it must be approved by the Denver Landmark Commission.
Hose Company No. 1
On January 4, 2011 the Denver Landmark Commission voted unanimously to deny the request to demolish Hose Company No. 1, located at 20th & Chestnut. However, the building remains in a state of deterioration and Historic Denver is hoping to work with the owners on a stabilization plan to ensure it can survive another hundred years.
Denver’s Hose Company No.1, just west of Coors Field, is one of the city’s oldest and most unique landmarks. Constructed in 1883 for Denver’s Volunteer Fire Department it served the neighborhood known as the “Bottoms,” today part of the Central Platte Valley. By 1922 it was no longer serving its original purpose and was instead converted into a print shop and later a welding shop, a purpose it continued to serve until at least the 1980s.
In 1985 the owner elected to designate the property a local landmark, asserting that the structure is the oldest standing fire station in the city. The building’s architecture, which is representative of 19th century industrial construction, has only been slightly modified and most of the significant exterior features are in tact. However, the building has been vacant for at least a decade and continued lack of use and stewardship has put it in jeopardy.
In December the current owners, who purchased the property in 2005, applied for a demolition permit that would end this 127-year legacy and forever erase the evidence of the “Bottoms” neighborhood, an important part of early Denver. The Hose Company building is one of only a handful of historic structures remaining in the area west of Union Station. It was identified in the Platte Valley Plan as contributing significantly to the character of the area, which will continue to experience on-going change and reinvestment as the Union Station complex expands. The Hose Company should not be left out of the plans for this area but be used as a vibrant asset that complements new residential and commercial structures.