Developers submitted plans Friday to convert the Cathedral High School complex in uptown Denver into an 11-story boutique hotel.
GFI Development Co. and OZ Architecture are working together on redeveloping the Seton House and historic School near Grant Street and East 19th Avenue. The companies did not immediately share a timeline for the project, and city officials still have to sign off on the redevelopment.
The New York-based development company did not return an inquiry from Denverite about the project. Denver-based OZ Architecture said Rebecca Stone is heading up the design for the firm.
“Adaptive reuse such as this is the perfect way to retain Denver’s historic buildings during this period of unprecedented growth, while still creating the infrastructure we need as a city, including more hotel rooms,” Stone said in a statement.
Cathedral High School and the nearby convent were constructed in 1921. In the ’70s, the convent closed and reopened as the Seton House, named after canonized Mother Elizabeth Ann Seton. The building was used for nuns visiting Denver until 1989 when Mother Teresa sent missionaries to the building to care for AIDS patients, according to Historic Denver Inc. The mission moved and repurposed in 2003, according to the Denver Catholic Register.
The Cathedral High School was forced to close its doors in 1982 due to dwindling enrollment and growing debts. The building later held the Samaritan Shelter for the Homeless and was leased out to other organizations and companies, according to Historic Denver.
Developers plan to include restaurant, office, retail and parking space in their hotel project, according to the plan submitted Friday.
The school’s former gymnasium located across the alley mid-block on Logan Street is expected to be preserved and transformed into a portion of the hotel. The parking lot north of the gym is expected to be replaced with another portion of the hotel, according to OZ.
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