With construction moving at a frenetic pace in Denver these days, you may not have heard about a controversial proposal involving LoDo’s iconic historic district, Larimer Square.
Owners of the historic block, Larimer Associates and Urban Villages, are currently exploring a significant redevelopment that could add residential towers to the back ends of the block's structures, while maintaining just the building facades. This spring, an Advisory Committee is gathering feedback from the community about what could permanently alter this iconic row of early downtown commercial buildings. Recently, Historic Denver highlighted the proposal on its webpage.
The Western History and Genealogy Department has a number of collections and photographs related to the businesses that have occupied Larimer Square and the work that went into making Larimer Square Denver's first historic district.
Recently, the library acquired the blueprint drawings of the M.E. Harker Building, located at 1433 Larimer Street. Today, the Harker building is home to Corridor 44 Champagne bar. Charles and Mary Harker hired Denver architect William Cowe to design the commercial building in 1910. Drawings show a commercial ground level space with modest apartments on the upper level. Before this donation, the library had no records of Cowe’s architectural work in Denver.