116-year-old Denver building has been transformed for modern use

Quite a few historic buildings in Denver have stood the test of time and are still around more than a hundred years after they were first built. Many of these prominent Colorado properties have undergone transformations that beautifully blend old and new.

An example of a historic site that has proven its importance to the culture of the city is the SugarCube building. The structure and surrounding Sugar Block were once part of Denver’s early warehouse district, but have since been revived for residential and commercial use. The SugarCube Building is a textbook example of integrating history with new construction.

Located on Blake Street and the 16th Street Mall in the heart of downtown Denver, the SugarCube Building was originally built in 1906. At the time, it was known as the Sugar Building. According to HistoryColorado.org, the Sugar Building received a two-story addition in 1912.

The Great Western Sugar Company used the LoDo property as its headquarters in the early 1900s. This company was a leader in the sugar beet industry and had a major impact on Colorado’s economy during the 1900s. The company operated from the building in the late 1960s.

Fast forward over a hundred years, and the SugarCube building is now ten stories and serves as a vibrant mixed-use space.

116-year-old Denver building has been transformed for modern use


World-renowned architect Bruce Kuwabara was hired in 2008 to assist in the transformation of the historic Sugar Building and adjacent parking lot. While much has been renovated in the project, the building’s recognizable brown-colored brick exterior with decorated terra cotta remains intact.

Several shops and restaurants are now located on the first floor.

116-year-old Denver building has been transformed for modern use


There are offices on floors two to four and luxury residential apartments on the floors above. The inside is sleek, with plenty of innovative amenities.

116-year-old Denver building has been transformed for modern use


In addition, the SugarCube building has also been designed to be energy efficient and environmentally friendly. Thanks to Urban Villages, it was the first LEED Silver certified building in LoDo to use solar energy. Other sustainable practices needed to maintain the property include a building-wide composting and recycling program and efforts to conserve water.

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The SugarCube Building was added to the National Register of Historic Districts in 1978.

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