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Denver seeks design nominations



  • Mayor’s Design Awards entering 10th year.
  • Nominations now being sought.
  • Anyone can submit a Denver project.

A lovingly restored  home across from Sloan’s Lake.

The innovative DRIVE office building in the TAXI mixed-use development in RiNo.

The lively Fillmore Plaza in Cherry Creek North.

This home at 2104 Stuart St., across from Sloan's Lake, was one of last year's winners.

This home at 2104 Stuart St., across from Sloan’s Lake, was one of last year’s winners.

What these three properties, separated by geography and use, have in common is they were among the 15 winners in last year’s Mayor’s Design Awards in Denver.

Now, Mayor Michael B. Hancock and Denver’s Community Planning and Development Department are seeking nominations for the 10th annual Mayor’s Design Awards.

Since 2005, The Mayor’s Design Awards have honored 133 projects throughout the city for excellence in architecture, exterior design and place-making.

The awards are presented to Denver homeowners, business owners, nonprofits, artists and others for their creative contributions to the public realm through innovative design.

“Denverites are surrounded by great places, spaces and views, and these awards are about honoring the special projects that help make Denver not just a vibrant urban landscape, but a world class city for everyone,” Hancock said.

The awards highlight a wide-variety of projects that contribute to the fabric of Denver, according to Brad Buchanan, executive director of Community Planning and Development.

“Whether planning the next incredible place or renovating a historic treasure, great design is at the heart of what we do,” Buchanan said. “We look forward to shining a light on the past year’s achievements that are helping create community in our city.”

Many different types of projects are eligible. Anyone can submit a Denver building or project.

Previous award winners range from restaurants and galleries to private single-family homes to plazas and other shared public spaces. What they all have in common is the imaginative and innovative way they enhance public spaces and create community, according to CPD.

Last year’s winners included:

  • Evans Station Lofts, 2140 S. Delaware St.
  • Block 32, 3200 Brighton Boulevard.
  • 2020 Lawrence, 2020 Lawrence St.
  • Byers Place, Cedar Ave./S. Pearl St./S.Pennsylvania St.
  • Curtis Park homes, 2643-2651 Curtis St.
  • Spicer/Eshelman residence, 2104 Stuart St.
  • EZE Mop Building, 1200 block of E. 17th Ave.
  • Tharp residence, 2734 Curtis St.
  • Patterson Inn, 420 E. 11th Ave.
  • Studio PBA, 1575 Gilpin St..
  • Hogshead Brewery, 4460 W. 29th Ave.
  • Fillmore Plaza, 2nd Avenue and Fillmore Street.
  • Illegal Pete’s, 270 S. Broadway
  • Common Grounds, 2139 W. 44th Ave.
  • DRIVE, 3455 Ringsby Court.

Nominations will be accepted until Sept. 2.

Winners will be announced at an event this November.

To nominate a project, learn more about the Mayor’s Design Awards and see past winners, visit DenverGov.org/MDA.

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