Maybe navigating Denver’s construction zones will now be less risky. Sort of.

Last October, my city council representative sent out an email listing changes the city’s Public Works’ executive director was considering for construction zone rules. The idea was to offer safer paths for pedestrians, to require contractors to find a place for construction workers to park and not take over street parking, and to implement other …

When a building is demolished, our memory of the architect begins to fade

For the past few months, I have been following the long and miserable demise of a building in the Golden Triangle. The photos show a 1982 building at 990 Bannock Street, and one showing an excavator gnawing away at the building. Let’s call it the jaws. The building seems to be spilling its guts as …

When you consider purchasing an historic property, know what you’re buying.

Larimer Square has been in the news again, and that is good. The announcement by the Square’s owner -- Jeff Hermanson and his development partners with the Denver firm Urban Villages – said they would not demolish any of the historic buildings. Instead, buildings judged non-historic could be altered or replaced by new buildings. There …

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 …