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For those of us whose parents and relatives and friends who joined the military during difficult times – and those who gave their lives for their service -- today is a time for reflection. I know that some holidays – Memorial Day, July 4, Veterans Day – have been turned into a commercial free-for-all. But …

Denver can give others good advice, even if it’s bad news.

And it’s all about Ferrovial. Yesterday, I went on STLToday.com to read about the baseball Cardinals’ smashingly superb one inning and what happens next. But what diverted me was a story about the fact that company Ferrovial wants to manage work for St. Louis’ airport, Lambert Field. Ferrovial is known here as one of DIA’s …

And now what?

What happens to Tom’s Diner? Who knows? After meeting upon meeting, the applicants working to designate Tom’s Diner as a Denver landmark have withdrawn the application. The owner has a deal to sell the diner to a development company, with the building to be replaced by an 8-story apartment building at East Colfax Avenue and …

May is National Preservation Month, but change is in the wind

Every May, preservation and civic organizations mark the importance of preserving buildings and spaces that tell the story of a city, town or state. Denver’s extraordinary growth has challenged how to protect places that give the city character, that remember the history of how the city grew and changed, and that honor important and well-designed …

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 …