Market Center – A Model for Urban Renewal

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Market Center pic
Market Center
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New York City gallery owner and resident, Allan S. Reiver, has made meaningful contributions to the landscape of both his current hometown and his former one, Denver, Colorado. Early in his career, Allan Reiver worked on a number of important redevelopment projects in Denver, including Market Center,The Elephant Corral, Blake Street Bath and Racket, and Riverpoint. Read on for a brief overview of the history of the beautiful Riverpoint building and its neighborhood.

The Riverpoint building is located at 2300 15th Street in what is now downtown Denver. It sits adjacent to Confluence Park, where Cherry Creek and the South Platte River meet. Fixed at a key spot for waterway transportation in the city’s history, this neighborhood hosted the Denver Tramway Powerhouse, which was built in 1901. The boilers and engines it housed were integral to the city’s electric streetcar infrastructure. When the streetcar era ended, the Powerhouse building was converted into a warehouse for the agricultural company, International Harvester. The 2300 building was then erected nearby as an additional warehouse in the 1950s. Investors realized the potential value of the area for commercial development in the early 1980s, and it was subsequently converted into an office building.

With its generous red brick and exposed wood beams, the Riverpoint building continues to adorn 15th Street today. It is currently home to a number of professional offices in a bustling part of Denver’s expanding and vibrant city center.

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