A Grand Rehabilitation

McNichols Civic Center Building Phase 2

Denver, CO

After completing the Phase 1 Rehabilitation of the McNichols Civic Center Building, Humphries Poli Architects was commissioned to continue the work on the building through its second phase.  This phase of rehabilitation will reconstruct the historic grand stair along Colfax Avenue, introduce a freight elevator, and relocate existing spaces to restore the entrance back towards its original splendor.

As construction and restoration efforts have begun, surprises in this historic building have begun to reveal themselves.  After being concealed for over 50 years, the original stone inscription at the entablature has been revealed from beneath limestone paneling.  As the original home of the Denver Public Library, the inscription called out the structure as being “dedicated to the advancement of learning” – a message that remains appropriate to the building’s new and ongoing use for cultural programming by Denver Arts & Venues.

Other historic architectural design elements have been revealed on the interior of the building during the demolition phase, including decorative steel stair stringers, original mosaic tile and terrazzo that had been hidden beneath restroom floors, and (unfortunately severely damaged) original plaster column wraps that had been encased in walls.