Each year since 2005, Denver's Department of Community Planning and Development has worked with the mayor's office to select winners of the Mayor's Design Awards, which go to homeowners, businesses, nonprofits, artists and other groups and individuals who add to Denver's visual cityscape through excellent design. Among this year's honorees are a neighborhood brewery, a suburban beer garden and two urban retail centers that offer unique spaces for food-and-beverage businesses.
Mayor Michael Hancock will be presenting the awards at 6 p.m. tonight at the Studio Loft of the Denver Performing Arts Complex at a ceremony that's free and open to the public (with a reception to follow). "From homes to restaurants to community gathering places, this city is developing such unique places for the Denver community for years to come," says Hancock. And the community has certainly been gathering at these four food-related winners:
2500 Larimer 2500 Larimer Street This retail and office center in the River North district was constructed from 29 re-purposed shipping containers, made light and inviting with expanses of glass and open rooftop decks. According to the Community Planning and Development Department, the building stands out because it "keys in on the beautiful simplicity and efficiencies of the containers themselves." 2500 Larimer is home to standout eateries Work & Class and Cart-Driver, as well as coffeehouse Huckleberry Roasters.
Station 26 Brewing Co. 7045 East 38th Avenue Station 26 opened last December in a re-imagined fire station originally built in 1961. Fire poles, tiled walls and other elements of the original firehouse can still be seen. The brewery's taproom and patio have become gathering places for a North Park Hill neighborhood in dire need of local bars and restaurants.
Keep reading for more of the Mayor's Design Award Winners.
The Source 3350 Brighton Boulevard The Source was originally an ironworks factory built in the late 1800s by the Platte River in what is now a heavily industrial area. Recently dubbed River North, or RiNo, the neighborhood is slowly giving way to apartments, condos, artist studios and offices. The Source provides a variety of food and drink choices for area residents, including Comida Cantina, Acorn, Boxcar Coffee, Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project and the new RiNo Yacht Club. The Source also houses a bakery, butcher shop, liquor store and specialty foods market.
Green Valley Ranch Beer Garden 4995 Argonne Street Sibling to the original Lowry Beer Garden, the Green Valley Ranch Beer Garden offers a sunny venue for residents of Denver's outermost neighborhood to gather and enjoy beer and food in an indoor-outdoor setting that provides entertainment for all ages.
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For a complete list of the award winners with descriptions and photos, see the Denver Community Planning and Development's Flickr page.