The Tammen Hall redevelopment project has broken ground on the Saint Joseph Hospital campus for the renovation of the historic landmark. On June 26, 2018, Councilman Albus Brooks along with representatives from the project partners including Saint Joe’s, SCL Health, MGL Partners/Solvera Advisors, The Neenan Company, the Denver Office of Economic Development and the Colorado Housing and Finance Authority came together for a groundbreaking ceremony.
In the midst of Denver’s significant lack of affordable housing, this project supports one of the most vulnerable segments of Denver residents – seniors. The property will provide 49 rental apartments for income-qualified seniors 62 years of age and older.
“The mission of SCL Health and Saint Joseph Hospital is to improve the health of the people and communities we serve, especially those who are poor and vulnerable,” said Saint Joseph Hospital President Jamie Smith. “We are so pleased to be a partner in this redevelopment effort that aligns with our mission and contributes toward finding a solution for the significant need for affordable housing in our community for seniors.”
Located at 1010 E. 19th Avenue, the eight-story, 52,000-square-foot facility will feature common areas on the first floor, one- and two-bedroom apartments on the second through seventh levels, and the top floor will include a common area and rooftop patio for residents. With the aim to revitalize the currently unoccupied building in Denver, the project is planned for completion in mid-2019.
Originally built in 1930 as a nurse dormitory for Children’s Hospital Colorado, Tammen Hall was named after Harry Tammen, the first publisher of The Denver Post. The building was later converted to office space for Children’s Hospital Colorado until the hospital moved to the Fitzsimons Campus in Aurora in Sept. 2007. Designated as a local historic landmark, the exterior and internal renovations will comply with National Park Service standards. Among the spaces to be preserved are a theater and a community room that will be available for neighborhood meetings and events, along with the historic entry and foyer. A rooftop deck will be added where residents will enjoy mountain and city views.
The Saint Joseph Hospital community is looking forward to seeing the project progress and to meeting our new neighbors next year.