Bree-Davis

Got to shoot a friend of mine and get shots of this iconic mural in Durham today.

This mural was originally on the side of a building near Fayetteville and Main Street in Downtown Durham. According to Bree (in the photo), the owner of the building was asked to remove the mural…so the artist went about a mile away and painted it - again - on a bridge overpass. 

Awesome.

I did one of the stupidest things I could ever do. I’m happy that nothing too severe happened. It helped me see that I can’t just do things and then ignore the consequences. and there are other ways to get people to listen to you and there are better ways to get your point across and show that what they’re doing is hurting others I’m so happy I had people there for me if I cared enough about me to call my mom and get me to hospital and if any of you guys see this thank you so much you all know who you are. I love you.

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Yet another new build that looks like a giant public toilet. Encroaching on the existing structures, blocking the sun and clogging the friendly neighborhood atmosphere of South Lincoln Street that once existed for its neighbors. 

I wonder: What will this prison-inspired development look like in 10 years? Much like its boxy, void-of-feeling peers, I see this era of Denver’s built environment being looked back on as nothing but a dark age. 

-Bree Davies

A potential happy ending here for this historic beauty on City Park. This Spanish-style residence was designed by Harry J. Manning in the late-1800s and is in the process of gaining historic status. Read more about Manning’s impact on Denver design via Historic Denver.

I don’t believe every structure built before 2000 should be or needs to be saved. But when I think about what makes a young city like Denver great, it’s the mix of eras and history we hold in our structures. 

-Bree Davies

Built in 1964, this gorgeous example of post-war Expressionist architecture is set to be demolished. Though there was a public notice of the demolition request posted in the yard of the home, I can’t imagine many Denverites ever saw it. That would have taken someone driving down the block-long crinkled half-moon shaped Shangri La Drive, hidden away behind the Scarface/80s cocaine-looking Cableland Mansion (now owned by the city) just off of Bayaud at Colorado Boulevard to find it. 

As with much of Denver, the lot is what developers want – not the structure. This home was sold for $1.1 million. I took this photo a little over a week ago. Who knows how long it will be before this unique piece of architecture is gone forever. 

For more on the tacky but incredible Cableland Mansion, go here and here

-Bree Davies