Back in the 1980's, a narrow strip of
property stretching from Wewatta to Platte Street, and
the Speer Viaduct to 15th Street, held a smattering of
old small warehouses, including the Daniels Fisher
Warehouse and the Monarch Mills Grain Building.
Long past more glorious days, almost all the other
buildings were demolished making ready for a new era to
The MCA would be built at 15th Street
and Delgany Street and soon become the beacon for art
and excitement for that corridor of a community.
Let us go
back and look at the remnants of buildings,
fields, a viaduct and a creek in this tiny
area. Some automobile and truck
remained in this largely abandoned area. Fifteenth Street ran directly under the 15th
Street Viaduct and created access to this
sliver of remaining warehouses from the
The Daniels and Fisher Warehouse
No. 2 was still standing strong, mid-block, on Delgany
Street, and would ultimately be the only remaining large building.
I tried to photograph the area from vantage points on
billboard signs and in, or on top of, a building.
The small Henry Wagner and Sons
Building, with a now-faded yellow exterior, had once
lodged a plaster and cement mix distribution store.
Louie's Little Forge, then still in business, was at the
other end of the street alongside Cherry Creek.
Once inside the Monarch building, in
near pitch blackness, I fumbled around until I reached
the roof. The 15th Street Viaduct appeared 50 feet
in front of me.
The 15th Street Viaduct was always a
strong presence of this area - strong and noisy - it
gave life to the deserted scene. Large trucks from the
Post Office Terminal (now demolished) were continually
rumbling on the 15th Street below.
- Kim Allen