This blog is going through a tiny transformation, and that starts today.

That’s “tiny” in terms of changing its name. When I started thinking of beginning a blog last fall, I had spent quite a bit of time driving around and trying to figure out why there were so many ugly buildings all over Denver. Crummy materials. The repetition of five-story limits, perfect to fit into the …

Mary Voelz Chandler

Mary Voelz Chandler has written about architecture, preservation, and visual arts, including the position of architecture and art writer at the Rocky Mountain News in Denver. During that time, she completed the Guide to Denver Architecture published in 2001 in conjunction with the AIA National conference in Denver, then updated the Guide in 2013. She also was a co-author on the …

Photo Credits

Left: the Denver Art Museum’s Frederic C. Hamilton Building, Courtesy of the Denver Art Museum; center, from top: the Dora Moore School, Equitable Building detail, and a North Capitol Hill balcony, by Mary Voelz Chandler; right: Clyfford Still Museum detail, by Jeremy Bitterman, Courtesy of the Clyfford Still Museum. Chandler photograph by Cyrus McCrimmon.

How the West is growing taller. And how people are moving out.

Last night, I found a story on The Washington Post’s Evening Edition that included some extraordinary graphics and photographs. The story, headlined “The rising Western skyline,” examines the changes in Western cities as ever-taller buildings are growing on our horizons. The report starts with Denver, then moves on to Seattle, Long Beach, and Sacramento – …