Preserving Pre-War Buildings

Art Deco Façade of The Buerger Brothers Building in Denver, Colorado (LEO Design)


A stroll through downtown Denver affirms the city's Turn-of-the-Century growth spurt.  Denver has done a beautiful job of preserving (and restoring and repurposing) its early Twentieth Century architecture (something I have long wished for Pittsburgh and New York City).  Besides the many apparent (and handsome) early building façades, one notices that the proportions of the city remain human-scaled.  Like Greenwich Village in New York, most of the older buildings stand about six storeys tall.  Though newer, modern buildings are interspersed amongst the older buildings, significant portions of Denver still enjoy the lighter, low-density atmosphere of a century ago.

The Buerger Brothers Building, on Champa Street near 17th Street, radiates its handsome Art Deco design.  It was built in 1929, designed by Colorado architect Montana Fallis.  Buerger Brothers was the premier distributor of barbering and beauty supplies in the Northwest.  This building was erected to provide offices, distribution and warehouse space for the company.  Today, the building has been subdivided into 31 loft apartments.

Art Deco Façade of The Buerger Brothers Building in Denver, Colorado (LEO Design)



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