American Woodmen’s Life Building Receives Landmark Designation
The American Woodmen’s Life Building, completed in 1950 at 2100 Downing St. in Denver, recently became one of the youngest buildings in Denver to be acknowledged with a Landmark Designation from the Denver Landmark Preservation Commission.
Designed by Denver architect Gordon White, the American Woodmen’s Life Building originally served as the Supreme Camp of the American Woodmen, a Colorado domiciled fraternal benefits “society” that sold insurance to African-Americans until its closure in 1993. The building, recently renovated by Humphries Poli Architects, now houses the firm’s new offices and studio.
Since its design and construction, the American Woodmen’s Life Building has maintained its presence as a neighborhood landmark that connects the Victorian era homes of the San Rafael District just to the west with the area’s new construction since the building was completed, according to HPA principal Dennis Humphries.