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Sakura Square

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1972, Bertram A. Bruton. 1900 block of Larimer St.
  • Sakura Square (Adam Lederer)
  • Sakura Square (Tom Noel)

After the Denver Urban Renewal Authority razed the area known as Japan Town, a Buddhist temple bought back its square-block site and hired Bertram Bruton, a Denver African American architect, to design a tower for subsidized housing and a shopping complex. Bruton also revamped the exterior of the existing Tri-State Buddhist Temple (1949), 1947 Lawrence Street, to make it compatible with the new full-block development, a center for Denver's Japanese community. The twenty-story Tamai Tower, honoring longtime Tri-State Buddhist Temple pastor Yoshitaka Tamai, has recessed apartment balconies in a textured concrete facade. A bermed courtyard and mini-park create intimacy, as does the walled temple courtyard with its Japanese garden and shrine of St. Shinran.

Writing Credits

Thomas J. Noel


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Thomas J. Noel, "Sakura Square", [Denver, Colorado], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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