Illegal Pete's at Colfax & Race
2001 E. Colfax Avenue
Category: Neighborhood Gem
Owner: Kentro group
Architects: Melissa Friday, Xan Creative; Tim Politis, One Line Studio
Builder: Spectrum General Contractors
With several locations across Denver—including a previous Mayor’s Design Award winner—Illegal Pete’s settled in on the edge of City Park West, along East Colfax Avenue, with the intent to revitalize a classic but dilapidated IHOP A-frame building and to fully activate the corner of Colfax and Race. Split-rail wood fencing, bark mulch, and wild flower seeds instead of grass sod were used for the exterior railing and landscaping to soften the corner and bring a bit of prairie to the city. The project also incorporates the work of local artists in a mural that adds to the vibrancy of the already colorful East Colfax corridor.