Beth Erickson Sand at LIV Sotheby's International Realty
News > Get a Piece of History with a Denver Loft
Lofts are popular in Denver in general, but historic lofts in Denver are super-popular. In the early 1990s, downtown Denver, particularly lower downtown (now known as LoDo), began undergoing a transformation that continues today. Historic buildings were redeveloped into amazing loft spaces. Former warehouses, banks, and offices became uber-fashionable homes with original hardwood floors, exposed brickwork, and large picture windows. And when historic buildings became scarce, enterprising developers constructed new buildings to resemble their historic counterparts.
What is it about historic lofts that people prefer over newer lofts? In a word, character. No matter how much attention a builder pays to detail in new construction, it is still new. New brick and wood flooring can’t match the character of materials worn over decades of time. New fixtures can never be more than reproductions. Even light is reflected differently in old buildings.
Two fabulous examples of historic lofts in Denver are Flour Mill Lofts and Rocky Mountain Warehouse Lofts. One of the earlier loft conversion projects in lower downtown, Flour Mill Lofts occupy what remains of the Pride of the Rockies flour mill, built in the 1920s. Consisting of 17 amazing lofts, the development faces Cuernavaca Park and is within walking distance of Coors Field and Commons Park as well as everything LoDo has to offer. Units feature enormous windows with stunning views, gorgeous hardwood floors, and high ceilings. More recent history has also been preserved in the Flour Mill Lofts – graffiti added to the building after the original mill was abandoned remains in some of the hallways.
Rocky Mountain Warehouse Lofts are located in the heart of LoDo, on Wazee between 18th and 19th Streets. Originally built as a merchandise mart in 1931, the building was converted to lofts in 1993, at the beginning of the LoDo revitalization. What remains is the beautiful Art Deco design, original brick, and open, light-filled space. Modern conveniences such as balconies, double-paned windows, and modern kitchens were added. Step outside your door right into 21st century Denver and all that its vibrant downtown have to offer.
That isn’t to say that historic lofts in Denver are for everyone. Newer lofts have the advantage of having been built specifically for living and, as a result, include features not often found in historic buildings, such as balconies, underground parking, and rooftop decks. And, let’s face it, brick isn’t for everyone. Some more recent builds, such as the Glass House, have taken a more modern approach to the traditional loft – keeping features such as high ceilings, exposed ductwork, and open floor plans but wrapping them in a shiny package with walls made of glass and metal.
Whatever your preference – historic or new – the good news is that there are plenty of buildings to choose from in Denver. If you are looking for something particular and it isn’t on the market now, chances are it will be soon. Let us help you find the perfect Denver loft for you.
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Last Updated: 2023-04-01 23:24:13