Market Center is a row of five brick buildings, built between 1872 and 1902, along Market Street in Denver's historic LoDo neighborhood. The buildings were linked in the 1970s to support ground-floor retail and upper-story office suites, but this reconstruction awkwardly pushed the retail storefronts back from the sidewalk to accommodate basement stair access—resulting in dark, uninviting recesses where once had been active storefronts.
Tryba Architects was enlisted to restore and revitalize the dreary structures, bringing new life to the streetscape in the process. The new renovation filled in the voids, returning the windows to their historic placement and appearance while also introducing new operability that would expand the space and create seamless connection between indoors and outdoors. Office tenant experience was enhanced through the addition of new conference facilities, bike storage rooms, and a repositioned lobby. Inside and out, the transformation beautifully showcases Denver's past and creates a dynamic and inviting experience for building users and passerby.