Pearl Street MallBoulder, CO
The Downtown Boulder Pedestrian Mall – often called the Crown Jewel of Boulder – is nationally recognized as a sterling example of innovative downtown revitalization. After one year of construction and three years of planning, design, and meetings, during which many political twists and turns nearly scuttled the project, the grand opening of the Pearl Street Mall was held on August 6, 1977.
Architect-of-Record Everett Zeigel (the “Z” in OZ), led the design team. Their assignment: to design a 3.2-acre pedestrian zone that would strengthen the beleaguered economic base of downtown while also improving the environmental quality of the dilapidated, historic commercial district. With most merchants in favor of the project, the city took bulldozers to four blocks of Pearl Street, paved it in traditional red brick for design continuity and historic character, planted trees, flowers, and evergreen groves, and redirected traffic to loop around the core area of the City.
After 25 years of success characterized by heavy pedestrian use, the Mall needed to be refreshed. Members of the original design team were re-assembled to create a new plan that would respect the original goals and design intent of the project. This plan included the addition of improved site lighting and signage features, identification pylons along Broadway and at the ends of the Mall, installation of a pop-jet fountain, the addition of a shade structure for outdoor performances and informal dining, and two new focus areas – a Boulder County map and a sculpted water feature.
Collaborating Partner: Communication Arts, Inc.
AWARDSAmerican Institute of Architects, Colorado North Chapter, Merit Award, 2004
International Downtown Association, Merit Award, 2003
Merit Award for the Best Design Project, Colorado Governorís Awards for Downtown Excellence, 2003
American Institute of Architects, Colorado Chapter, 25 Year Award, 2002
Design Award, HUD National Award, 1980
Design Award, Colorado Society of Architects, 1978
American Institute of Architects Honor Award, 1978
Merit Award, Downtown Development Awards Competition, 1977