Save Cathedral High School and the Oscar Malo, Jr. Memorial Hall

On October 31st Capitol Hill United Neighbors (CHUN), Historic Denver, Inc., and Colorado Preservation, Inc. submitted two separate designation applications for the properties at 1840 Grant Street and 1835 Logan Street. This was done in response to an application for a Certificate of Non-Historic Status (CNHS) submitted by Sagebrush Capital Holdings on October 10th for those same two properties, currently owned by the Archdiocese of Denver. The application for a CNHS triggered a 21-day posting period to allow for comments or designation applications from the public.

A meeting was held with Sagebrush Capital on Friday, October 21st to discuss their plans and request the withdrawal of their CNHS application. In absence of this withdrawal, a dialogue has, and will, continue with Sagebrush Capital in an effort to reach an agreement that would allow for development at or around the site while retaining these historic buildings. Sagebrush Capital had indicated in our initial meeting that their current plan is to demolish both properties and develop a 12-story apartment tower, townhomes, and a parking garage.

Cathedral High School and Convent, built in 1921, is an exemplary example of Spanish Renaissance Revival style by noted architect Harry J. Manning.  It’s been a Cathedral School, a Convent, a Samaritan House, and a refuge founded by Mother Teresa for terminal AIDS patients.

The Oscar Malo, Jr. Memorial Hall, designed by noted architect Eugene Groves and built in 1928 to 1929 by the F.J. Kirchhof Construction Company, was used for school athletics, plays, assemblies, diocesan conventions, dances, and other school activities.

Click here for a history of Cathedral High School and the Oscar Malo, Jr. Memorial Hall

Please help us to save these architectural gems and incorporate them into new development for Capitol Hill! 

How you can Help

Write or Email:

City and County of Denver
Community Planning and Development
Attn:  Landmark Preservation Commission
201 W. Colfax Ave., Dept. 205
Denver, CO  80202

Your City Council Member:
Click HERE to get your council member’s mailing address.


Landmark Preservation Commission Public Hearing
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Wellington E. Webb Municipal Office Building
201 West Colfax Ave.
Conference Room 4F6-4G2, 1 p.m.

City Council Second Reading and Public Hearing
(tentatively) Monday, January 23, 2012
City and County Building
1437 Bannock St.
City Council Chamber on the 4th Floor, 5:30 p.m.

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