Denver Union Station Update #118

We’ve just covered the IMA Financial Center in Update #116 and 1701 16th in Update #117, so let’s take a quick look at what’s in between—the historic Denver Union Station, of course!—plus downtown’s newest public space, Wynkoop Plaza.

Wynkoop Plaza will feature a large water-jet-type public fountain in front of the historic station’s south wing. The infrastructure for the fountain has been under construction for several months:

The north and south wing buildings being set back a bit from the property line will allow Wynkoop Plaza to extend all the way to the corners of 16th and 18th Streets. In the photo below, the plaza area in front of the south wing building is being graded. Plaza construction in front of the historic station’s north wing (which will feature seating and a grove of trees) is further along; the plaza’s concrete base has been poured and holes for the street trees have been cut out:

The historic station, which is getting a full restoration inside and out, will have retail/restaurant spaces and public transit waiting areas on the ground floor and a 110-room hotel on the upper floors. Parts of the historic wings have already been scrubbed clean and repaired, and now the facade of the Great Hall is getting a major makeover:

Let’s end with our double-sized bonus photo. Here’s a once-in-lifetime photo of the iconic facade of Denver Union Station covered in scaffolding:

Coming up… Wewatta Street is open!


  1. Jim Nash June 7, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    Ken, thanks for these two flashbacks to your DUS Sunday Walking Tour, just three weeks ago! You are so right — this public plaza has the potential to become the Times Square of Denver, where crowds of people will fill the space, from early morning through late at night. The grand old station commands 17th Street down to Broadway, receiving more than a hundred-thousand by trains and buses daily. This plaza the crossroads of walkers. Big civic space. The new/old Front Door of the city.

  2. Jason June 7, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    Ken, I’m not sure how you feel about retaining ownership of your photos, but I think all of these would be an excellent addition to the Denver Library’s Digital Collection.

    • Ken Schroeppel June 7, 2013 at 3:11 pm

      Jason, I’ve already got that covered! When the project is finished, I’m planning on donating every high-resolution original photo to the Western History Collection at DPL.

  3. Derek Berardi June 7, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    Love how they captured Denver fashion with the woman in the jean dress. Own it!

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