In our last update in April, the new Hilton Garden Inn Denver Union Station was an almost-topped-out structural shell. Now, we have lots of glass and an exterior facade that is receiving its final treatments. Let’s take a look!
One of the most notable components of this project is the inclusion of the historic Denver Hose Company No. 1 building, built in 1883, and the oldest surviving fire house in Denver. For many years, that building sat vacant and deteriorating. Now it is being fully restored and will serve as the hotel’s restaurant. The interior was in a state of significant decay, so a new interior will be constructed within the brick exterior that features two large arched windows on the upper floor.
The hotel’s main tower rises 12 floors and will feature a mostly opaque white facade. Sitting behind the orange-brick historic building is a nine-story glass box that adds visual contrast to the two other structures and helps step the new buildings down in height to the modest historic fire house at the corner. Below are two shots from across 20th Street showing the three-part composition to the development.
From 19th Street we can see the side of the 12-story tower. Between 19th Street and the new hotel are the last redevelopment parcels in the Union Station area, owned by Focus Property Group, the same firm developing the Hilton Garden Inn. No specific plans for them have been announced by Focus, which is, um, focusing right now on getting the Hilton Garden Inn finished. The old two-story building next to the new hotel will likely be redeveloped along with the gravel lot at the 19th Street corner.
The Hilton Garden Inn Denver Union Station is aiming for a February 2019 opening.