Denver’s best design projects of 2018, from old buildings made new to a rainbow crosswalk

Denver’s best design projects of 2018, from old buildings made new to a rainbow crosswalk

RAY MARK RINALDI, THE KNOW DENVER POST | Denver is a forward-looking city these days, enjoying — and suffering from — an unprecedented building boom that is impossible to ignore. New construction is remaking every neighborhood, sometimes for the better and sometimes not.

But the 2018 Mayor’s Design Awards bring attention to the one place we are starting to get it right: historic preservation. The winners are, by and large, not new builds at all, but older places that have been saved from neglect by civic-minded owners, clever architects and dedicated construction company leaders who come together to recognize the future of Denver can only be considered in the context of its past.

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