Sketches of The 16th Street Mall In Downtown Denver

This week I am featuring a series of sketches I created from a photoshoot I did last year of the 16th Street Mall in downtown Denver, Colorado. I liked the concept of using a sketching technique to present these scenes in a more artistic form than just photography.

As I mentioned in the post from last August, my wife and I worked in downtown Denver for a number of years prior to our move to San Diego. We were there during the “oil boom” of the 80’s. The downtown quadrant was a mass of cranes building many of the high-rise buildings you see today and it also saw the opening of the 16th Street Mall in 1982. We found it to be a very vibrant downtown and loved working there. The changes we saw in our time there was incredible, but I must say in the 30 years since then, what has been created and added makes it a very appealing urban center mixing large corporate headquarters with urban residential neighborhoods. Add to that, the inclusion of the major sports arenas (Broncos at Mile High Stadium, Coors Field and Pepsi Center), the Colorado Convention Center, the Downtown Aquarium, Children’s Museum, Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park pulling the downtown experience out to the bike paths/park along the South Platte River and Cherry Creek.

The outdoor pedestrian mall spans about 15 to 16 blocks through the center of downtown connecting Union Station on one end to the State Capital on the other end. There are free shuttle buses continuously going up and down the mall augmenting the pedestrian experience.

The tower was constructed in 1910 as part of the Daniels and Fisher department store. At that time it was the tallest structure between the Mississippi River and California.

The tree lined mall connects numerous restaurants and stores along its length serving the large influx of workers during the day inhabiting the many corporate high-rises along with the numerous residential high-rises that populate the area below Union Station.

Historic Union Station has been completely refurbished and remodeled and now hosts a boutique hotel along with numerous restaurants. The station is a travel hub serving commuter rail and bus service along with Amtrak cross country train service.

Thoughts?

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34 thoughts on “Sketches of The 16th Street Mall In Downtown Denver

    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      Thank you very much Darlene! They have done a great job preserving the history and of creating a warm friendly environment for not all of the people who commute into downtown for work, but attracting a residential base also. Thanks for the feedback and thanks for stopping by!

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    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      Thanks Dan! We love Denver and loved our years living there. For us it was so great to see something that started back in our era come to fruition and in such a great way!

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    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      Thank you for your well wishes. I am thrilled with the ability to walk without a limp and without pain. I know it was all of my years of jogging on knees that I didn’t realize were inherit to degenerating arthritis leaving them bone on bone, but I wouldn’t have changed a thing. I loved running and hiking and now I will restrict my cardio to bicycle and am looking forward to get back out hiking. If you know anyone who is looking at full knee replacement, please share with them the final result is well worth it, but they have to be patient and diligent with physical therapy daily for many months!! Have a great weekend!

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    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      We stayed at the boutique hotel and it was so cool to see the station refurbished. When we lived there, it only served Amtrak and they had built a commuter bus terminal underground by it (which we used). Thanks for stopping by!! Have a great weekend…..

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    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      Well worth a visit for sure!! They did such an awesome job locating so much in a central core not only for the residence, but it’s also such a popular tourist stop as a gateway to the Rockies! Thanks for the feedback Brad…have a great weekend!

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  1. Teagan R. Geneviene

    Vibrant indeed! I love the effect you used here, Kirt — it’s perfect for these images. They look so real and lively, full of movement and beautiful colors. I can almost hear the sounds of the place and feel the sunshine and breeze on my face. Terrific work. Hugs on the wing!

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    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      Thank you for your kind words, Teagan….much appreciated! I played around with them for awhile before settling on the sketch look! Hope all is well…have a great weekend!

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    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      Thanks for stopping by! Doing really great. It feels so good to be able to walk normal without the pain!! Thanks for asking. Hope all is well with you and yours!!

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  2. Sue Slaght

    These are gorgeous Kirt. I think the Denver tourism board would be lucky to have them on their website. Sounds like the. It’s has changed a great deal over the decades.

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