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December 3, 2018

Today's Ugliest Project in Denver Goes to:

Project Name - Marion Place Denver
Address - 1208 E Asbury Denver CO - 80210
Owner - Red T Homes

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What Makes Marion Place Horrendous:


1. Disregard for Fitting Into Neighborhood Architectural Themes

This hideous looking structure boasts having 4 beds, 4 baths and 2310 square feet. But there is no hiding the utter disregard for all the shortcuts the owner, architect, contractor must have conspired to bypass neighborhood building guidelines.  Just across the street is the glorious Asbury elementary structure which was built in the early 1920s and looks beautiful today. Asbury was built to last using a beautiful warm brick blend of soft brown, buff, and copper hues. Moreover just up the street is DU with buildings like Margery Reed Hall (designed by Charles Z Klauder who also designed many buildings on Princeton, Yale and CU Boulder campuses) 

Margery Reed Hall photo taken prior to renovation - looks a million times
better than Marion Place because of the care during construction and it was
architecturally driven vs slapped up for quick profits


2. Shoddy Building Practices

I witnessed the entire build out of the Marion Place Townhomes. It was wham, bam, construction at best. Stick Frame, OSB Sheathing, Building Wrap, one coat synthetic stucco (white color which will stain faster than coffee stained teeth from wind driven dirt) and some intermittent metal panel randomly sprinkled around the ill fated design scheme.  Throughout this buildout I witnessed numerous times when the sheathing was drenched with rain and the OSB (much cheaper than plywood) did not have time to dry. This building is already experiencing some rot and given all the stick studs and OSB this structure is a fire hazard in the making. Oh, did I mention that Marion Place is Ugly

3. Price Gouging
Price gouging is a term referring to when a seller spikes the prices of goods, services or commodities to a level much higher than is considered reasonable or fair, and is considered exploitative, potentially to an unethical extent. Well lets just look at the price tag divided by square footage. Given the poor construction and poor design I think Price Gouging is the most accurate description.


List Price of 850,000 divided by 2310 square feet = nearly 368 dollars per square foot....REALLY


Wow - I bet if I dug deeper I would read about hard working subs being underpaid. 

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