Verve Final Update

Formerly known as 1490 Delgany and The Delgany Apartments, Verve, situated on the intersection of 15th and Delgany, is now complete. The 10-story, 284-unit apartment building, designed by Shears Adkins Rockmore and developed by Opus, fills in the last empty parcel on the block it sits on! Here are all of the previous posts we have on this project:

New Union Station District Project: Delgany Apartments

Goodbye Empty Lots, You Will Not Be Missed

Delgany Apartments Update #1

Delgany Apartments Update #2

Delgany Apartments Update #3

Delgany Apartments Update #4

Delgany Apartments Update #5

Union Station: The Delgany Apartments Update #6

Spring 2013: Downtown Denver Tower Crane Census

Union Station: The Delgany Apartments Update #7

Union Station: The Delgany Apartments Update #8

Now for a look at the complete project, starting with my favorite above vantage point. Most of the buildings around Verve are around the same height, so the scaling of this project fits in perfectly.

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Verve makes a huge impact on the 15th and Delgany intersection. On the Wewatta side, the two-story brick building still stands with Verve surrounding it in the back. The facade used on this building is very high quality, comprised mostly of brick with accents of black and silver metal paneling. The building also features multiple setbacks with one six-story section popping out over 15th Street.

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Last but not least, here is a street view looking down Delgany towards Speer Boulevard. The retail space, accented in red, will be used by the Museum of Contemporary Art for various functions. The rest of the ground floor along Verve are walk-ups for the two-story townhomes.


Verve is a great addition to the Union Station neighborhood for multiple reasons. It has a high quality look, and is at a great scale, fitting in very well to the surrounding neighborhood. The 284-unit apartment building already has residents moving in and, given our current market for rentals, it shouldn’t be too long before this building nears capacity. If you are curious about floorplans and pricing, make sure you head over to their website! Welcome to Denver and the Union Station Neighborhood, Verve!

By | 2017-01-08T09:51:30+00:00 June 22, 2014|Categories: Infill, Residential, Union Station, Urban Form|Tags: |13 Comments


  1. Dogpatch June 22, 2014 at 9:00 pm

    Another awesome hunk of infill. It’ll be nice to see more buildings like this in the coming the years…buildings that complete a block. It’s nice that Denver’s getting to that point.
    Great quality, nice color, perfect urban residential.

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  3. Jeffrey June 23, 2014 at 6:24 am


    • TakeFive June 23, 2014 at 7:35 pm

      As I watch the Rockies v Cardinals I can only wish the Rockies would execute so well. Unfortunately the Home Run comes from the Cardinals.

  4. SPR8364 June 23, 2014 at 6:29 am

    An elegant and well crafted building. Congratulations to the architect and builder!

  5. Nathanael June 23, 2014 at 4:22 pm

    “Delgany Apartments” is a better name than “Verve”, but a rose by any other name and all that.

    It’s basically a very nice building. However, it’s extremely pointed and boxy. Rounded shapes (for instance, rounded windowframes, lintels, etc.) make buildings look friendlier — there are actual psych studies about this, and you can google them. I’m always disappointed when architects make buildings which are sharp and boxy.

    • Nathanael June 23, 2014 at 4:33 pm

      …to follow up, I’ve started paying a lot of attention to the “boxiness” issue since I read this:

      Think about it. Most people liked the One City Block design a lot more than the other buildings going up around Denver.

      Why? It isn’t complicated. The One City Block designs are among the few buildings built with curves in the architecture. Just a couple of curves makes it so much more beautiful.

      Developers need to spend the money to put a couple of large visible curves into their buildings. It will pay off big-time in popular acceptance of the buildings. And you don’t need that many curves, when you’re competing with all these rectangular boxes.

      • Jeffrey June 24, 2014 at 6:45 am

        I like curves. Yes. I also like buildings made with good ingredients. So this Verve box looks good to me.

  6. Freddie June 23, 2014 at 5:48 pm

    1900 bucks for a 680 sf one-bedroom? I don’t understand.

    Love the building/infill though.

    • TakeFive June 23, 2014 at 7:52 pm

      Freddie… Rents are well beyond my capacity to grasp. But if the market holds for another year, including for the Platform, which appears likely then Holland Partners would presumably proceed with 17W. That will be sweet.

  7. Zach June 24, 2014 at 12:57 am

    More Granite countertops! Oh boy! Oh boy! Gotta get me some! OOOOH windows I can operate, neat-o! A frameless shower! Stop the presses now. Carpet in the bedroom, ooooh check my pulse. A view of another square building from my balcony AGGHHH.

    What ever happened to Eddy Munster? I meant what happened to the expanded idea of the museum sharing the lobby, I missed something didn’t I?

    I agree Denver needs more curves. Denvers developers also need to expand affordable options…the cheapest rent is still more expensive than the mortgage on a 5,000 sq. ft. lot with a 110 yr old home 15 minutes away (pedal power and handy bike trails) from this infill?!

    Down town is still creeping my way in a nice way, I think.

  8. Joey F June 24, 2014 at 5:56 am

    Ryan– On a different topic, why no wrap-up on the Speer and Washington apartments? I think the completed building warrants comment for its quality and location on the historic Boulevard. Also, First and Logan is looking better than I anticipated, but you write to a picky crowd… 🙂 (Please don’t post this under the Verve discussion, which is better focused on that building. Thanks.)

    • Ryan Dravitz June 24, 2014 at 8:38 am

      Hi Joey,

      Don’t worry about your comment placement, you have some great questions! The Speer and Washington Apartments along with 1st and Logan are definitely on my list to go photograph, I just haven’t been out to those neighborhoods lately. There’s a lot to cover all over Denver, which is such a great thing! 🙂

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