The Sherman School was just within the city limits when it was built between 1889 and 1892 as part of Mayor Robert Speer’s “City Beautiful” movement.
One of eight schools completed during this decade, it represents the grandeur and pride that was once part of the public school image. The Richardsonian Romanesque structure, designed by Henry Dozier, is visually anchored by a rustic orange Manitou sandstone base. The prominent arched entry portico welcomes students today as it has for 125 years. The Annex was built in 1920 in response to the city’s mandate to add classrooms for kindergarten age children.
The current condition of the 70 feet of retaining wall is unstable. At places the wall leans towards the sidewalk and a number of stones have fallen out, which is a common sign of structural failure. With SHF support, Building Restoration Specialties, Inc. will restore the structural integrity of the retaining wall by resetting all loose and out of plane stones and repointing one hundred percent.
The Art Students League of Denver (ASLD) is a non-accredited, nonprofit, fine arts community center that supports and nurtures lifelong growth through artistic expression. Over the past 30 years, ASLD has become an educational haven and gathering place, establishing an active hub at the historic Sherman School at 200 Grant Street. The proposed project will restore the structural integrity of the retaining wall by resetting all loose and out of plane stones and repointing one hundred percent. Support to repair the retaining wall will ensure that ASLD maintains our historic and iconic location that hosts our core classes, youth programs, and free public events for the next 30 years.