Mayor's Design Awards: A look at the seventeen winners

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The seventh round of the Mayor's Design Awards was presented last night, to a whopping seventeen projects around the city -- some old, some new, all interesting.

The program was started in 2005, when John Hickenlooper was mayor; Mayor Michael Hancock did the honors last night, awarding prizes in seven categories to buildings/businesses that ranged from a far-from-standard 7-Eleven to a hip urban market, a refurbished Victorian house and a very contemporary home on a block of Victorian houses, and two structures devoted to beer!

Here's a look at the winners:

7-Eleven at 2341 East Colfax Avenue, winner in "Main Street Transformation" category.

The new, two-story store is a prime example of Main Street Zoning, with the building coming right up to the street, and the parking put in the back. "Denver urban corridors come alive," the award proclaims.

Evans/Kampstra Residence, 2745 Umatilla Street, winner in "Home Is Where the Art Is" category.

"It refrains from appearing old or original to the site," the city says...in what could be the understatement of the Mayor's Design Awards. This single-family home overlooks the highway and downtown from the edge of Stoneman's Row.

Ale House at Amato's, 2501 16th Street, winner in "Buildings That Beckon" category.

The spot that once held Amato's, a garden store, is now home to Ale House at Amato's -- which incorporated the original building into the new structure that also has two stand-out decks.

Anchor Center for Blind Children, 2550 Roslyn Street, winner in "Oh, Pioneers!" category.

This landmark in Stapleton, a successful New Urbanism infill, serves young blind children -- and the building itself is a teaching tool, with special acoustics, light and texture.

Bistro Vendôme,1420 Larimer Street, winner in "Buildings That Beckon" category.

There's nothing new about this charming, eight-year-old restaurant tucked into the back of Larimer Square -- and that's good news, because its outdoor garden is a longtime favorite with brunchers in this town.

Bittersweet, 500 East Alameda Avenue, winner in "What Goes Around Comes Back Around" category.

The restaurant that Olav and Melissa Peterson put into an old gas station/car repair shop is sweet indeed.

Engine House #5, 1331 19th Street, winner in "The Past Is Present" category.

This circa 1922 fire station has been transformed into an architectural office, and is one hot addition to LoDo.

Great Divide Brewing Company, 2201 Arapahoe Street, winner in "Oh, Pioneers!" category.

Great Divide opened its brewery back in 1994, before Coors Field completely transformed this part of downtown, then expanded and added a tap room in 2008. Today, it's one of the city's favorite watering holes.

Hangar 2, 7581 East Academy Boulevard, winner in "The Past Is Present" category.

Once an endangered building, the 1938 Air Force facility at Lowry is being transformed by the Larimer Group into a neighborhood center with shops, offices and restaurants.

Jelly, 600 East 13th Avenue, winner in "Oh, Pioneers!" category.

Since it opened early this year in a renovated storefront in the heart of Capitol Hill, Jelly has been a very good reason to rise and shine.

Marczyk Fine Foods, 5100 East Colfax Avenue, winner in "Buildings That Beckon" category.

When Pete Marczyk and his wife, Barbara Macfarlane, opened Marczyk Fine Foods at 17th and Clarkson in 2002, people though they were nuts. This summer, they opened a second spot, in a former hardware store (and grocery store before that) that's already become a mainstay on this part of Colfax, Denver's Main Street.

Stir Cooking School, 3215 Zuni Street, winner in "Buildings That Beckon" category.

Stir may be tiny, but this new school/bar is a stirring sight in a century-old building in Highland.

Tejon34, 3400 Tejon Street, winner in "Many Shades of Green" category.

Realtors are high on Highland, and new developments like this stylish, 28-unit condominium project are one reason why.

West Side Books, 3434 West 32nd Avenue, winner in "What Goes Around Comes Back Around" category.

This independent bookstore has been a community gathering place since 1998, and recently expanded to embrace even more of its surroundings with big front windows. Let there be light!

Stickline/Roach Residence, 601 East Martindale Drive, winner in "Home Is Where the Art Is" category.

A smart add-on to a south Denver bungalow was a welcome addition to the neighborhood.

Vestal/Hua Residence, 2013 Grove Street, winner in "The Past is Present" category.

This Queen Anne-style home was designed by architect William Lang in 1888, but was falling apart when the current owners took on the major project of saving the structure -- and restoring it to its original glory.

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Sustainability Park

, 2500 Lawrence Street, winner in "Many Shades of Green" category.

This urban oasis was created by a partnership between the Denver Housing Authority, the Colorado Renewable Energy Society and the Urban Farmers Collaborative.

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