Saint Francis Apartments Update #1

An important housing development, the Saint Francis Apartments at Cathedral Square, will provide permanent housing in the form of 50 one-bedroom apartments for people who are currently homeless. The six-story project on Washington Street in the Capitol Hill neighborhood broke ground in June 2016 and has been making good progress since. The development is a joint effort of the Saint Francis Center on Curtis Street and St. John’s Cathedral, which is around the corner on 14th Avenue between Clarkson and Washington. Humphries Poli is the architect and Alliance Construction is the general contractor.

We stopped by recently and took a few photos of the new building, which is nearing completion.

Saint Francis Apartments looking south down Washington Street
Saint Francis Apartments ground floor on Washington Street

The ground floor will include the lobby, the building manager’s apartment, and a few vehicle parking spaces. The top floor provides community space (both indoor and outdoor) for residents, laundry facilities, a dining room, and a computer lab. The three images above show views of the project looking south plus a close-up of the ground floor along Washington Street. The two images below show the alley and south sides of the building.

Saint Francis Apartments south-facing side

The Saint Francis Apartments at Cathedral Square should welcome its new residents within the next few months.

By | 2017-09-10T11:35:15+00:00 September 8, 2017|Categories: Capitol Hill, Infill, Residential|Tags: |4 Comments


  1. Nicholas September 9, 2017 at 2:24 pm

    I love it! The modern building style looks cool, it isn’t sterile like most low income housing tends to look. I hope this complex brings a sense of refreshing dignity to those homeless who are fortunate to get a place there.

  2. ChrisA September 9, 2017 at 3:13 pm

    This is very exciting, but lawd, we all know we need more.

  3. Aaron September 10, 2017 at 1:41 pm

    I’m a little bummed they weren’t able to save the mature street trees, as those are important to strong urban spaces.Not to mention Denver is poised to lose a lot of trees with the emerald ash borer and the misguided redesign of the City Park golf course. But I understand it is difficult to provide as much space for the homeless without sacrificing the trees.

  4. Leo September 11, 2017 at 2:07 pm

    The apartments will all be completely furnished, thanks to the generosity of Saint John’s churchgoers.

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