The Vault

Denver, Colorado




Harbor Associates


18,000 SF


Scope of Work

Architecture, Interior Design, Experiential Design

We are currently working with Harbor Associates to reposition 821 17th Street in Downtown Denver. One of the Four Corners buildings in Denver’s financial and business district, the Ideal Building was originally built in 1907 and was reported to be the first major multi-story building to be built in reinforced concrete west of the Mississippi.

The building has been rechristened 'The Vault' and is undergoing a significant renovation with the goal of retaining the building's sense of history while adding the amenities and improvements required by tenants who desire a balance of authentic character and performance. refreshing the historic lobby, opening up and refurbishing the upper floors, remodeling the ground floor and basement, adding bike storage, locker rooms and showers, re-imagining the ground floor for retail amenities and restoring and upgrading the exterior façade with new contextual features. The design responds to the historic art and decorative motifs of the existing building and reveals and reframes historic aspects that create a strong sense of place, including the old bank hall and vaults, and historic brass doors. The repositioning will be completed in early 2021.