Dana Crawford

Dana Crawford

President
Urban Neighborhoods, Inc.

About this Speaker

Award-winning preservationist Dana Crawford initiated a concept of urban renewal that was one of the first of its kind in the United States. She pioneered the redevelopment of Denver’s historic Larimer Square in the mid 1960’s, creating a festival shopping area from the neglected and abandoned buildings of Denver’s original main street. Today, Larimer Square serves as a prototype for the revitalization of forgotten main streets and architectural landmarks throughout the country. Since the 1960’s, Mrs. Crawford has redeveloped more than a million square feet of historic property in the city of Denver including the Oxford Hotel, the Acme Lofts, the Edbrooke Lofts and Cooper Flat Condominiums. She completed two phases of the Flour Mill Lofts project, converting an abandoned flour mill into unique loft spaces designed for the sophisticated urbanite. In addition to her redevelopment projects, Dana has also been a consultant to many cities and towns wishing to rejuvenate and reactivate their downtown areas. She has consulted with the City of Longmont to help them create an Arts and Entertainment District and also with the City of Glenwood to help revitalize their main thoroughfare with the addition of new and updated retail. In July, 2014 Union Station Alliance opened the 125,000 square foot, 54-million-dollar revitalization of the Denver Union Station transit hub. The popular project involves the 112 room Crawford Hotel, seven locally owned prominent restaurants and five shops. Dana, in 2014, received ULI’s initial Legacy Award for initiating Union Station’s reclamation plus decades of development which have redefined Denver. In October 2018, she received the Colorado Governor’s Citizenship Vanguard Legacy medal which honors individuals who have made enduring contributions to the strength and vitality of the state.

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