1144 Fifteenth Update #24

Not a lot has changed with Denver’s newest skyscraper-in-the-making, 1144 Fifteenth, since we last visited it in October however, some important questions and curiosities are starting to get answered about the final product. In this short update, we are going to finally address the exterior lighting on the building.

It has been known for a while now that the crown of 1144 Fifteenth will not be completely lit up due to the close proximity of the Four Seasons tower. However, there is still an exterior lighting plan which is now underway. Two strips of white lighting will span from the first office floor, on floor 13, to the top floor on the narrow sides of the tower. It is still unknown if the strip lighting will wrap around the crown as well. Here are two photos showing the white strips on the west facing side. The strips are a little hard to spot because of the construction lighting but they will be much easier to see once the project is complete.

1144 Fifteenth Exterior Lighting
1144 Fifteenth Exterior Lighting

As a fun little bonus, here are two images taken exactly a year apart (November 2, 2016 – November 2, 2017). What a difference one building can make!

1144 Fifteenth 11/2/16
1144 Fifteenth 11/2/17

The next milestone for 1144 Fifteenth is this week as the tower crane will start coming down. The process should begin Wednesday and it will take a couple of days to fully dismantle the crane.

By | 2017-11-16T21:03:03+00:00 November 12, 2017|Categories: Central Downtown, Infill, Office, Skyline, Urbanism|Tags: |8 Comments


  1. ChrisA November 13, 2017 at 8:19 am

    In Oklahoma City, Devon Tower has strips of lights that go up the sides of the building and change colors. I wonder if they plan on doing that with this building? Particularly to change it around Christmas time, Bronco games, Breast Cancer Awareness, and so forth.

    • SirLucasTheGreat November 13, 2017 at 10:06 am

      I was thinking the same thing. Hopefully it is variable lighting.

    • Matt November 13, 2017 at 3:57 pm

      Please. This is Denver… we don’t do cool lighting effects like that. I’m surprised we’re even getting the solid white lighting on the sides. In fact, we’ll be lucky if they don’t tirn it off for months on end like 1999 Broadway.

    • asdgadg November 16, 2017 at 1:02 pm

      Yup, this is what I care about most. Hopefully the whole joint lights up orange whenever the Broncos win… if they ever win again 🙂

  2. LeeM November 13, 2017 at 1:08 pm

    Is there an inventory of large surface parking and/or vacant lots in the core area? I would love to watch this number shrink over time.

  3. twister244 November 13, 2017 at 1:53 pm

    Sad they couldn’t get the crown lighting in. However, I think the strip lighting will serve the building well and add so much to the skyline at night. I have always felt Denver is lacking in the nighttime lighting arena, so any addition is welcome. It would be nice if the strips can change color, but I will still be happy either way.

  4. ChrisA November 13, 2017 at 10:46 pm

    I am personally glad that the crown isn’t getting lit up though. Our proximity to wilderness areas, national forests, and national parks show the Denver glow at night and I think much of our lighting still needs fixed with full cut off fixtures in the urban area. Still, you can see the stars in Denver than you can in Oklahoma City which has 2 million less than Denver’s metro area. I’m all for appropriate lighting, but we also live in a city in proximity to many of the places we love to escape to as well.

    • Observant November 15, 2017 at 6:31 pm

      ChrisA – Thanks for the appeal for a “dark sky” approach to our city! I don’t know if the “crown” would have been that much of a detraction (would seem minor to the typical Walmart parking lot), but the thought is appreciated! The crazy night lighting of many places in our city needs to be examined, but it rates so far down the scale compared to lots of other issues. Sigh.

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