Built in 1930-1931 as a multi-tenant warehouse, 1863 Wazee Street is representative of the final building period in Lower Downtown until the building boom of the 1980’s. The building is now comprised of 46 spectacular private loft residences and is 1 block from Coors Field, and shares the same corner as the Maven Hotel and McGregor Square.
Architect Montana Fallis used the modernistic style to establish this building as Denver’s first “Merchandise Mart.” Fallis distinguished himself in architecture by specializing in the structural engineering problems of large buildings. His work ranged from metallurgical industry designs for smelters and refineries built all over North America to various Neoclassical and Art Deco buildings built in Lower Downtown Denver, including the Oxford Hotel. This building’s Art Deco elements reveal a radical departure from the provincial and often conservative architecture of Denver at the time. Sensuous lines, sumptuous ornamentation, and European influence were an integral part of commercial deco in the United States and can be seen in the brick masonry of this building. Polychromatic brick, jagged point triangles, chevrons and the use of a variety of materials, from brick, stone and terra cotta to metal and opaque glass – characteristically used in this art deco style of architecture to enhance and enliven the lines of the structure.