The Grand Final Update

Construction of the Grand Apartments is complete, so let’s take a final look at this significant project that adds 510 homes adjacent to the Denver Union Station transit center. Work got underway on the Grand in the Spring of 2016. Click here for all 12 of our previous posts on the Grand.

The Grand consists of two buildings, a glassy 24-story tower at the corner of 18th and Chestnut and a 12-story tower at 17th and Chestnut that features a mostly brick facade.

The Grand at 18th and Chestnut
View from 18th to 17th along Chestnut
1.) The corner of 18th and Chestnut. 2.) The Chestnut side of the Grand from 18th to 17th. 3.) The view from 19th and Chestnut.

A pleasant streetscape along Chestnut includes ground-floor retail and the main pedestrian entrance to the Grand’s lobby and leasing office.

The streetscape in front of the Grand along Chestnut
The Grand's main entry on Chestnut
1.) The streetscape along Chestnut. 2.) The Grand’s main entry facing Chestnut.

In between the two towers is a vehicle entry to the parking levels and a pedestrian corridor that leads to an inner courtyard with resident amenities. Behind the glass windows on the left side of the image below is the Grand’s bicycle parking room.

Interior courtyard at The Grand

The 12-story tower on the 17th Street side sits across the street from Whole Foods and includes a large retail space at the corner. The L-shaped configuration of the Grand is evident from the Union Station light rail platforms and from the Millennium Bridge.

View of The Grand from near RTD's Chestnut Pavilion
View from the Millennium Bridge
1.) The Grand at the corner of 17th and Chestnut. 2.) View from RTD’s Union Station light rail platforms. 3.) Overlooking the Grand from the Millennium Bridge.

A nice view of the Grand is available from Commons Park and from the 18th Street Pedestrian Bridge, completing our journey around all four side of the project.

The Grand from Commons Park
The Grand from the 18th Street Ped Bridge
1.) The Grand overlooking Commons Park on a beautiful fall day. 2.) View from the 18th Street Pedestrian Bridge.

Here’s one final photo to celebrate the Grand’s impact on the Union Station skyline.

The Grand's 24-story tower at 18th and Chestnut

We’re glad to have the Grand as part of the Union Station district!

By |2018-11-13T19:45:35+00:00October 23, 2018|Categories: Completed, Infill, Residential, Transit-Oriented, Union Station|Tags: |11 Comments


  1. Claude October 23, 2018 at 9:49 am - Reply

    Nice addition to the union station area, the project map of this area is filling up nicely.

  2. JP October 23, 2018 at 10:08 am - Reply

    Wow, what a photo with the yellow foliage reflecting off of the glass windows. Nicely done!

    • Ken Schroeppel October 23, 2018 at 11:47 am - Reply

      Thanks! The yellow glow is some foliage reflection, but right at that moment there was also an amazing golden sunset that was also reflecting in the glass.

  3. Jordan Block October 23, 2018 at 12:04 pm - Reply

    I think that the Grand is possible the best addition to the Union Station area (with the exception of the Triangle Building perhaps). Really great design, high quality, and with elements that support good urbanism. Well done.

  4. Jason October 23, 2018 at 12:16 pm - Reply

    Well done The Grande! I mean that. For such a large development with over 500 units it looks great all around. Especially at street level. Very inviting and chic. And the mix of dark siding, dark glass and brick between the two buildings works. The marketing team has also done a good job promoting this. And, no, I don’t live there. I’ve just been following the project from the day it broke ground. My only single complaint is with that bright (inconsistent) band of lighting above the rooftop terrace area. You can see it in main photo for this article. Are they using fluorescent tube bulbs? Doesn’t look like LED which is what you’d expect on such a building. Odd for a “high-end” apartment project. But in the daylight … two thumbs up.

    • Ken Schroeppel October 23, 2018 at 1:40 pm - Reply

      I totally agree about the lighting on the top-floor terrace. Super bright and one section is brighter than the others. I can’t imagine it is pleasant being on that terrace with it so bright. Otherwise, sharp building all around.

  5. denvertoSD October 23, 2018 at 12:21 pm - Reply

    best development in US in my opinion

  6. G October 23, 2018 at 1:29 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the update! Anyone have any idea what the retail will be next to the light rail stop here or across the street in the new Davila building? I heard it was going to be a Floyd’s barber shop in at least part of it. Hoping for a coffee shop or bar to duck into while waiting for the train or coming back from work!

  7. JB October 23, 2018 at 3:03 pm - Reply

    I’ve been pretty critical of much that has gone in behind DUS, but this one is a stunner. It looks like the kind of project a real, grown-up city would have. I guess we should have expected Shorenstein to do a quality project, but kudos to everyone involved, and great shots Ken!

  8. JMarks October 24, 2018 at 8:14 pm - Reply

    Why is it so rare that we get to see the inside, even the common space, of these completed buildings? I feel like credentials from this site should be able to get entrance to these spaces, am I right?

  9. Rob C October 26, 2018 at 7:58 am - Reply

    Amazingly gorgeous! I love this completed project.

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