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Mayor Hancock announces 2017 Mayor’s Design Award Winners

Sixteen projects honored for excellence in architecture, exterior design, placemaking

DENVER – Mayor Michael B. Hancock and Brad Buchanan, executive director of Denver Community Planning and Development, will honor 16 projects for excellence in architecture, design and place-making during the 2017 Mayor’s Design Awards ceremony tonight at 6 p.m. at the Chambers Grant Salon of the Ellie Caulkins Opera House.

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“We are here to celebrate the projects that are getting it right. Whether they are big or small, buildings or art, homes or commercial buildings – these projects truly represent the Denver that we know and love,” Mayor Hancock said.

Since 2005, the awards have been presented to Denver homeowners, business owners, nonprofits, artists and others for their creative contributions to the public realm through innovative design. Winners can range from community placemaking projects to adaptive reuse of historic structures to single-family residences to major mixed-use downtown buildings. Each brings something special to Denver’s unique visual fabric and speaks to our collective commitment to building healthy, sustainable communities. 

The awards ceremony will be held at 6 p.m. tonight at the Chambers Grant Salon of the Ellie Caulkins Opera House, Denver Performing Arts Complex (1400 Curtis Street). The event is free and open to the public; a reception will follow. For more information on the event and the awards, visit

The 2017 Mayor’s Design Award winners are:

  • Auraria Higher Education Center 1363 9th Street
  • The Deck, 651 16th Street
  • Ashley Union Station, 1850 Chestnut Place
  • Cobbler's Corner, 2436 W. 44th Avenue
  • Cuba Cuba Café and Bar Patio Expansion, 1173 Delaware Street
  • Illegal Pete's on Colfax and Race, 2001 E. Colfax Avenue
  • Alchemy Creative Workspace, 66 S. Logan Street
  • Shift Workspaces-Bannock, 1001 N. Bannock Street
  • Mid-Century House Restoration, 618 South Monroe Way
  • Beloved Community, 3722 Walnut Street
  • The Blue Trees, 700 14th Street
  • Terraza del Sol, 355 S. Grove Street
  • The Maven Hotel at Dairy Block, 1850 Wazee Street
  • Seed Building and Addition, 1500 Market Street
  • Avanti Food and Beverage, 3200 N. Pecos Street
  • The Triangle Building, 1550 Wewatta Street


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