New Project: The Boathouse

Some infill projects are bigger than others, but even the smaller projects help fill in missing bits of the urban fabric and energize their surroundings. In the case of The Boathouse, a new 10,400 square foot office project in Lower Highland at 1850 Platte Street, that means putting a cool new micro-building on a vacant sliver of land. Nautical-themed projects are rare in arid, landlocked Denver, but this one is kind of appropriate given its location on Platte along the Platte. Here’s the site outlined on a Google Earth aerial.


The Boathouse, developed by Grand American, Inc., features four floors total—parking and lobby space on the ground floor and three levels of offices above—in a building that offers nice views of Commons Park and the Downtown Denver skyline. Here are two renderings, courtesy of the project architect, Shears Adkins Rockmore; the first image shows the view from the Platte River side, the second image shows the view from the Platte Street side.



Construction on the project is already underway and I bet our project-updating-expert Ryan Dravitz will have some pics to share with you before too long. 

By | 2016-12-04T09:03:07+00:00 July 2, 2014|Categories: Highland, Infill, Office, Urban Design|Tags: |9 Comments


  1. Jason July 3, 2014 at 7:58 am

    Oh wow. A Ryan call-out post.

  2. TakeFive July 3, 2014 at 9:57 am

    How about “funky cute.”

  3. Al. July 3, 2014 at 10:59 am

    The flood of apartments going up bring people DT, but infill like this is what really develops and creates the culture of a city. There’s been so much guff as of late about the “big box” apartment complexes going up…Those come first…then comes sites like this that really develop the urban fabric of a community. Awesome.

    • TakeFive July 3, 2014 at 1:05 pm

      Not sure how much “fabric” you’re going to get in that location but it is an interesting way to utilize the land they had to work with.

  4. Randy July 3, 2014 at 2:03 pm

    I’d say that construction is more than just underway as it appears most of the structural steel is already in place!

  5. Nathanael July 3, 2014 at 8:06 pm

    This is in a location which is probably easier to walk to than to drive to!

    • Richard D. Sadowski July 5, 2014 at 9:13 am

      Or maybe take your boat to if one were to live along the river, eh?

  6. Earl T July 4, 2014 at 5:56 am

    Parking? Access? This seems like a really bad place for an office. On the positive, it should frame in the park a bit from the river side of this, which will be nice.

    • Bryan July 8, 2014 at 8:08 am

      Well, it has off-street parking, on-street parking, adjacent to the bike path, a road out front for access and is only 3 turns from i-25, and 4 blocks from 15th street…what else does it need?

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