Mercantile Square

Denver, Colorado

Completion

1996

Client

Coughlin & Company, Joyce Meskis, John Hickenlooper

Size

264,000 SF

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Scope of Work

Architect of Record, Interior Design, Historic Preservation, Master Planning

Mercantile Square is a multi-block mixed use transformation of six historic masonry warehouses from the 1800s along the south end of the 16th Street Mall. In 1996 Tryba Architects completed the masterplan and design for the conversion of the obsolete warehouses into The Tattered Cover—one of Denver’s best-known bookstores—Dixon’s Restaurant, 98 affordable rental apartments and a boutique wine shop. Residences and a pedestrian bridge span the alley with the wine shop thoughtfully tucked within.

This urban revitalization project was the first multi-building mixed use adaptive redevelopment in Lower Downtown—the catalyst for reinvestment in and preservation of today’s revitalized historic district.

A catalyst for Urban Revitalization in Lower Downtown