Dairy Block
Dairy Block

Located in Denver’s rapidly-changing Lower Downtown (LoDo) neighborhood, this site consisted of a mix of historic buildings, non-descript structures, and surface parking before redevelopment. In order to restore and revive the site, while protecting its unique industrial history, the SAR+ team carefully crafted an urban infill plan that reused the site’s three historic buildings and added a contextually sensitive modern office building facing both sides of the block.

Each of the component buildings within the block features facades with unique materials and detailing, with compositions of brick, glass and metal complementing the historic structures. The massing of the office building is articulated and set back, utilizing different materials to highlight individual components within the site. Our design team also chose to take advantage of the client-owned, vacated alley within the block, creating a new activated urban alley model for Denver, offering prime restaurant and retail store frontage on the interior pedestrian connections.

Dairy Block Alley
Our team took advantage of the client-owned and vacated alley, activating it by offering restaurant, the office lobby and a food hall - in addition to being a venue for speakers, concerts and events.
Dairy Block Street Frontage
The Wazee Street elevation allowed for the establishment of a new, 20 foot-wide pedestrian sidewalk along the entire block, creating an enjoyable streetscape for the high traffic events of neighboring blocks.
Dairy Block String Lights in Alley
Dairy Block downtown
Dairy Block Street Grid
Metal gate design featuring the Downtown Denver street grid.
Dairy Block

For several years, a lot of very talented people worked together and put their heart and soul together into this project. You’re seeing the fruits of that labor.

CEO of Development Firm
McWhinney Real Estate
  • Award Historic Denver Remix Award
    November 2019