Down by the Tracks: Denver Union Station Revival
OLD HOME WEEK IN DENVER
It was an old home week visit; a deliberate stop along the way in our trip from St. Louis to The Sea Ranch. When we left Denver, the long-anticipated Union Station project was just a big hole in the ground. What we found on our return was an exciting space that successfully combines old and new; a tribute to the city’s commitment to mass transit, beauty and function. Though the project is ongoing, enough is finished to really appreciate the accomplishment, a convergence of trains, light rail, mall shuttle, entertainment, lodging, dining, shopping, even industry. A vital hub in the heart of LoDo.
SLEEK, WELCOMING, OPEN & LIGHT
STEEL & GLASS | OLD AND NEW
And all of that contemporary steel and glass blends seamlessly into the refurbished Union Station building.
THE CRAWFORD HOTEL
We decided to stay in the new Crawford Hotel which fills the old train station with luxury hotel rooms. But most interestingly, the grand old lobby of Union Station remains open and welcoming to hotel guests, travelers and locals seeking a place to relax, dine, grab a drink, meet a friend, even shop.
A VIEW OF THE FUTURE THROUGH THE LENS OF THE PAST
Though the old building was completely gutted, the beautiful, classic details remain.
FORM & FUNCTION
The renovation is so striking that it’s easy to forget that this is still a very active train station moving travelers along on their journey.
Dramatic architectural details demand that you stop and look, and in my case, photograph.
LODO, DENVER UNION STATION
Denver is an amazing city. We loved the season of our life that we lived there, downtown, in the middle of the mix of old and new. This clean, bright, exciting city has only been enhanced by the dramatic transformation of the Union Station area. Learn more about the Union Station story.