In the heart of Denver’s Clayton neighborhood, situated at East 38th Avenue and Steele Street, lies a hidden gem with a storied past. Constructed in 1942 by the U.S. Army, the facility was originally known as the Denver Medical Depot and served as a storage and distribution center for vital medical equipment to support the country’s efforts during World War II.
Architecturally, the buildings on the site are a prime example of the military installation construction style of its time, with the design originating from esteemed Denver architect Temple Buell. Built on 37.4 acres of land in northeast Denver, the depot’s 11 red-brick buildings formed a common bond pattern—a collective greater than the sum of its parts. The warehouse area, now the heart of York Street Yards, was the central hub of the Depot. The 14 buildings on the site were placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1998, securing a place as one of the few such facilities nationwide.
Decades later in 2020, SKB acquired the former medical depot and enlisted Tryba Architects to transform the property for a new generation. Enhancing connectivity, reconfiguring parking, adding modern amenities, and introducing new community areas helped set the stage for what York Street Yards is today—a state-of-the-art, mixed-use industrial and commercial campus where work, retail, and community converge.
The renovation was not just about adapting the building to modern needs, but also preserving the historical significance of the site and celebrating its rich legacy through adaptive reuse. Efforts to transform the Denver Medical Depot into York Street Yards were recently recognized by Historic Denver, a nonprofit urban preservation organization dedicated to promoting and protecting Denver’s historic places and spaces. York Street Yards was honored to receive the 2023 Remix Award, a prestigious accolade for projects that creatively combine the old with the new, while highlighting Denver’s cultural history.
The development’s success as a mixed-use destination is further reflected in its continually growing tenant base. The thoughtfully curated blend of businesses found at York Street Yards ensures a vibrant and engaging environment that encourages interaction, collaboration, and lasting connections among its diverse occupants. With over 30 tenants and counting, York Street Yards is home to a mix of innovative manufacturers like Maybell Quantum, award-winning food and beverage purveyors like Cohesion Brewing, Denver’s only certified Rivian service center, as well as other businesses such as Fit Collective Denver, Northwestern Mutual, and Skiptown, a private, indoor/outdoor, off leash dog park and bar for dogs and their people to socialize coming in 2024.
With flexible work environments and dynamic retail experiences ranging from 2,500 to 20,000+ SF, companies all across the nation are recognizing York Street Yards as the perfect place to expand operations, with the flexibility needed to support future, long-term growth.
In addition to experiential retail and office environments, York Street Yards offers versatile event spaces with modern amenities, and over 400 parking stalls to support events of all sizes. Materials of yesteryear, brick and timber, still stand strong today, providing a tangible link to its storied past.
Steeped in history and timeless charm, York Street Yards offers endless possibilities for hosting immersive experiences – from workshops and company gatherings to launch parties and community-wide events, such as Denver Fashion Week. The property is also supported by an onsite management team passionate about bringing ideas for your next event to life and helping ensure you get maximum value out of your experience at York Street Yards.
Beyond simply being a mixed-use campus, York Street Yards is a testament to the power of adaptive reuse, transforming a historic property into a community landmark where makers, doers, shoppers, diners, and event-goers of all ages come together.