Unbridled Potential

Dennis Sheedy Mansion

Denver, CO

The Dennis Sheedy Mansion is a Richardsonian Romanesque style home constructed of brick and Manitou sandstone. Dennis Sheedy, prominent Denver figure in the late 1800s, had a great love of nature and the outdoors, therefore many different species of wood were used throughout the interior of the house. As would be expected in a home this size, no expense was spared on finishes. Many of the main rooms had silk wallcoverings and each of the 14 fireplace mantels are unique. After his death the Mansion was purchased the house and converted into a fine arts studio. The Mansion continued to serve this function for almost 50 years until 1974 when it was converted into an office building.

Humphries Poli Architects was retained by Unbridled Solutions, current owners of Mansion. The intent of the project was to adapt the interior of the Mansion from its many small office suites into a single-occupant office building. In the original home the rooms were open to one another with pocket doors allowing daylight from the windows to penetrate into the center halls. This feature will allow connectivity throughout the offices to keep employees interacting throughout the day. The house’s corner turret feature is ideal of small break-out tables where employees can have small meetings. Other unique features of the building include be a gym and shower rooms for employees and a large kitchen and breakroom. HPA hopes to bring new life to the prominent corner by activating the front wrap-around porch and engage the neighborhood.