Welcome to our Denver studio
If we had to choose one word to describe our Denver studio, it would be active. Our lifestyles are active (many of us bike to work, no matter the weather). Our workplace is active (as a dog-friendly bunch, there’s boundless canine energy coursing through the halls). And our practice is active (most of our work is for Sports, Recreation and Entertainment clients). We’re also actively involved in carrying out our firm’s commitment to well-being: we design transformative places that enliven downtowns, foster social connections, and promote physical fitness.
—Sheridan Staats, Architect
Every year, architects in our studio participate in the Cleworth Architectural Legacy (CAL) Project to introduce diverse groups of young students to the world of architecture. We get kids excited about design by telling the story of architecture and engaging them in hands-on activities.
Our studio is housed in a 1927 building originally designed as an arena and amusement hall. In 1933, it was renovated into the Rainbow Ballroom, known for decades as one of best dance halls west of the Mississippi River. The dance hall stayed in business for 28 years, closing in 1961.
By 2002, we had purchased the building, and it was during our renovation that we unearthed a treasure: a series of original Rainbow Ballroom posters promoting some of the greatest musical performers of all time, including Louis Armstrong, Lawrence Welk, Duke Ellington, Fats Domino, Nat King Cole, and Chuck Berry. Today, many of those posters are on display in our lobby for all to enjoy.