Why This is My Favorite Building in LoDo

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Here's why 1550 17th is my favorite building in LoDo. ๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿ‘‡ . The Lower Downtown Historic District was created in 1988 in part as a reaction to the "urban revitalization" movements of the 60s and 70s that destroyed so many historic buildings in Downtown Denver. . A gross oversimplification of how the district works: Historic "contributing" buildings cannot be torn down and any modifications to their exterior must be approved by the LDDRB (Lower Downtown Design Review Board). The exterior of any new structures in the district must also be approved–they do not have to look like they were ACTUALLY built in the 1890s, but the scale, color palette, and windows (among other things) must match the historic buildings. . LoDo has been wildly successful as a historic district because of this perfect combination of structure and flexability. While walking down the street, every building feels like it belongs, but at the same time the neighborhood doesn't feel like a museum. . 1550 17th took the flexibility and ran with it, all while staying within the districtโ€™s structure. Its attention to detail is on par with the older buildings, and brings a fresh contemporary dynamic to the neighborhood. . #urban #urbanism #urbanist #urbanplanning #citywalk #historic #downtown #concretejungle #city #cityscape #streetscape #cityliving #street #building #plaza #square #publicspace #walkable #walkability #architecture #archidaily #beautifuldestinations #landscapearchitecture #urbanromantix #lovethiscity #lodo #denver #303 #5280

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