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LoDo Building

1920 Market Street

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1920 Market Street

Denver, CO 80202

LoDo Building Information:

The 21,309 square foot, two-story Building was built in 1931 and is located in Lower Downtown (LoDo) Denver, a historic district and mixed-use neighborhood. There are three structures on the property, the two-story Building, the glass enclosed Atrium and a single story building behind the Courtyard.

From 1995 to early 2000, the Building was occupied by Bella Ristorante, an Italian eatery. In early 2000, Robert Thompson and Leigh Jones (B-52 Real Estate, LLC) the husband and wife owners of B-52 Billiards purchased the Building and opened to the public in December. B-52 Billiards closed it's doors for the final time on February 20, 2006 with little warning and no explanation to their employees.

In March 2006, Heritage Bank acquired the Building assessed at $2.2 million from B-52 Real Estate, LLC in lieu of foreclosure. The Building was then sold in late April for $2.7 million to 1920 Market Street, LLC, a holding company for MTV/Bunim-Murray Productions. The LoDo Building was the first property ever purchased by MTV/Bunim-Murray Productions for the filming of The Real World. They had to receive permission from the City of Denver to temporarily rezone the property from commercial to residential.

In October 2006, Kentwood City Properties listed the Building for sale at $3.3 million "as-is" and marketed the property as either residential or commercial space. On December 1, the Building was sold at full asking price to The Alexander Group, LLC, the original operators of Theorie. The sale included all of the furnishings that were used for the filming of the series except for the artwork, which had been on loan.

Approximately 7,800 sq. ft. of the 1st floor and the 2,500 sq. ft. Courtyard were renovated into Theorie, an ultra-swank nightclub and restaurant. Theorie opened to the public in August 2007. The Building was sold again in August 2009 to 1920 Market, LLC and Theorie closed their doors on October 31, 2009. Brothers Bar & Grill now occupies the former Theorie space. The 1st floor retail space is leased to SIP Fine Wine and Spirits and the 2nd floor is leased to Gallun Snow.

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Theorie
Atrium, Basement, Front, Lounge, Main Bar

SIP Fine Wine and Spirits
Exterior, Interior

Gallun Snow (2nd Floor)
Interior, Stairs

B-52 Billiards
1st Floor, 2nd Floor, Front, Stairs

Post-Filming Pictures
Courtyard, Front Doors, Front Gate, Kitchen

Exterior
Courtyard, Front, Rear, Spa

Basement
Control Room

1st Floor
Bathroom, Billiard Room, Dining Room, Guest Bedroom, Kitchen, Living Room, Phone Room, Recliner Lounge, Ski Lift Chair Lounge, Stairs

2nd Floor
Bathroom, Bean Bag Lounge, Blue Bedroom, Brown Bedroom, Confessional Room, Green Bedroom, Gym, Office, Suffleboard Lounge

Taping Dates
May - September, 2006

Photo Credit: Karl Gehring - Denver Post

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Updated - January 7, 2012

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