Semple Brown | Architects & Designers

Semple Brown | Architects & Designers

Denver, CO


545 Circle Drive Renovation

A 1942 International Style residence originally designed by Red Rocks Amphitheatre architect Burnham Hoyt, is nestled comfortably near the Denver Cherry Creek neighborhood.  When the current owners purchased the house in 2007, it had literally become a shadow of its charming former self.  Dense evergreen trees on the north side had become overgrown, and a haphazardly erected pool enclosure threatened to cut-off all access to daylight in a house that ironically had many windows.  The exterior paint and additions had also made the original house shell disappear into a dusty ghost-like state.

The old front asphalt drive was re-surfaced with a more sensual path of crushed gravel & concrete borders, while the front steps were completely replaced with new stone creating a more gradual entry approach to the new steel and glass front door.

The existing recta-linear plan was enhanced to help draw in natural light along the south through a multitude of restored windows, while the north exterior remains relatively opaque and private. 

The new owners sought to emphasize the interior visual continuity by removing a 1970’s addition & bearing wall that reduced access and views from the north side of the house.  The old kitchen , dining space & living space were all opened up to form one large informal cooking / dining space. Visually warm surfaces like European Elm countertops and stained oak floors create a contrast to the modern lines of new white Bulthaup cabinets.  Upstairs,  2 bedrooms & 3 obsolete bathrooms were consolidated into a pair of each in order to meet the specific needs of the family.

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Status: Built
Location: Denver, CO, US
Firm Role: Sarah Semple Brown - Principal in Charge; Russell Brown - Project Architect