Though recognizable, the long-vacant Webber Theater at 119 South Broadway in Denver, has been largely forgotten as it stood empty, bearing the name of its last purpose - adult theater, Kitty’s South. New life and purpose are on the way, however, and this 1917 classic movie house dating back to the silent-film era is being dramatically transformed into a working distillery and tasting room, event space and art gallery.
Being developed by SourceRock Partners and managed by Corum Real Estate, The Archetype will be an artisanal distillery producing both small-batch gin and vodka for sale in the large, open-concept tasting room. The design, led by Architectural Workshop, will preserve much of the building’s 100-year old brick work, while adding sharp, modern sensibilities in metal and wood to bring the space to life. This 12,050-square-foot adaptive-reuse project will offer a glimpse of the distilling process along the main tasting room and event space. The event lounge will showcase local art while allowing The Archetype to accommodate large-function reservations of up to 100.