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Project Design Intent Statement for: 99 West Cedar Ave ,Denver, Co 80223

Executive Summary:

We are attempting to bring into functional performance what seems to have existed previously on the street facing front of the above captioned residence.

We propose to create an appropriately scaled, functionally / structurally sound front porch family/community gathering space upon (what appears to be) an original (at least early in the original life span of the residence)

Elements are to include:

  • A front entry element
  • An extended covered porch area

There will be visual deference/respect paid to the era in which the residence was built with regard to the proportions used.

We propose to remove then rebuild the front wrap-around porch foundation assembly to present engineering standards while maintaining and restoring the essential detailing of what was originally there.


The present “sand brick” front porch (lower) structure although (as per Sanborn Vol 3 & 4 maps dating____) not original to the house when that porch structure failed _______________the present masonry wrap around porch was added-on using brick from the era of coal fired kilns (____)

The Kerrigan residence located at 99 West Cedar Avenue was built  (according  to CCD records) in _______

Brown Rear Porch Addition

The “catch” lay in the fact that the property is in a designated Historic Neighborhood and as such, demolition of a Historic Element is rarely granted.

  1. Introduction –
    • This is the second commission by this client.
    • A strong working  relationship had been developed between Client and Architect
    • The high level of historic detailing/replication required collaboration from the owners and suppliers to bring to fore the finished product
  2. Complaint / goal statement –
    • the goal of this endeavour was to rebuild (in the model of the nearby “sister property”) the entire set of three (3)exterior porches and entries to a dwelling built in 1885 (___vif)
  3. Constraints —
    • the home is located in the Baker Historic District and as such all exterior improvements need to be approved by the City of Denver Landmark Commission. For any demolition to proceed so that remediation of the structural failure(s) ongoing, it had to be demonstrated that what was being proposed was a remedy which would be seen as conforming to the “Guidelines”
  4. Management and Outcome –
  5. After an appropriately solid concrete footing was designed with a brick ledge to carry a new brick veneer, and the foundation wall void filled with non-compressible fill, a new reinforced concrete slab was poured. Thus, a permanent solution was effected to a failing foundation element.
  6. Acknowledgements
  7. Project team