Reflecting Role

Welton Park Apartments

Denver, CO

Welton Park Apartments is a workforce housing development bringing 223 much-needed affordable dwelling units close to the Denver city core.  Situated on the historic Welton Street, it marks the gateway to the Five Points business and entertainment district and has an important role in reflecting the area’s vibrant cultural diversity.

The architecture takes cues from the famous jazz musicians once hosted in Welton Street’s bars and clubs. These prominent artists, such as Billie Holiday, Duke Ellington, and Miles Davis to name a few, worked to create engaging improvised music. In a similar way, the project’s architecture works to engage a dialog within itself and the surrounding community. It consists of two buildings separated by an alley. While each building has its own unique color scheme and presence they combine to form a unified whole under a sloping parapet silhouette fronting Park Avenue. A large portal facing the neighboring ball park opens to a welcoming courtyard allowing the building’s residents to host outdoor events and activities and engage with the community.