Casa Grande: Our New Home

The Denver Foundation

Renovating a historic building for the Foundation’s future work.

In September of 2018, The Denver Foundation purchased the historic building “Casa Grande,” located in Denver’s Capitol Hill neighborhood. The building was constructed in 1929 and is a contributing structure to the Sherman/Grant Historic District, a cluster of art deco, international, and moderne styled buildings including "Poets Row."

Located at 1009 Grant Street, the central location on Capitol Hill is accessible for a broad set of the Foundation’s stakeholders. The location is near major bus lines, includes dedicated visitor parking, and has a high walkability score.

The building was converted from residential apartments to a commercial building in 2007. The renovation included a complete overhaul of the building's mechanical, electric, and plumbing infrastructure. Along with the positive environmental impact of purchasing an existing building, the Foundation is upgrading energy efficiency, water flow, and lighting design as part of the renovation.

The Foundation is constructing an exterior elevator near the west entrance to make the building 100% accessible to staff and guests. The Foundation worked closely with OZ Architecture on the design, which was reviewed and approved by the Landmark Preservation Commission.

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"While we are updating the interior of the building to meet our 21st-century business needs, we are proud partners in preserving the extraordinary structure and exterior of the building as aligned with the historic district,” said Alyssa Kopf, Vice President of Strategic Services.

Demolition commenced in late 2019 and a five-month renovation phase led by i2 Construction began in the new year. To increase collaboration, the building will feature seven meeting rooms, three work lounges, and a 3,375 square-foot training center. Aligned with the Foundation's visioning work, the space is designed so that people, information, and ideas flow freely.

The Denver Foundation has been taking care of the future since 1925. Preparing to move—including a major document digitization campaign—sparked a comprehensive review of historic documents that the Foundation has collected since its founding. The Foundation is fortunate to curate nearly a century of correspondence connecting generations of philanthropists and community leaders. Many historic documents, images, and gifts will be on display throughout the building. 

The Denver Foundation plans to relocate and re-open the doors to Casa Grande in July 2020. We look forward to inviting the people of Metro Denver to share our new home.

QUESTIONS? PLEASE CONTACT ALYSSA KOPF AT 303.300.1790 OR AKOPF@DENVERFOUNDATION.ORG.

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