Founder and CEO
Hamilton Properties Corporation
Larry was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. At Ripon College (Wisconsin) he was president of the student body, and editor of the campus newspaper. Having majored in history, he had an interest in historic structures that would emerge later in professional life. In his military career, he directed a Czech-German border resident intelligence office during the cold war. In 1970 he joined the Colorado Governor’s Office to build a new downtown campus for the University of Colorado at Denver and two other colleges. The Auraria Campus was the largest capital construction project in state history and today has the State’s largest enrollment. He spared many of the historic buildings then slated for demolition – Tivoli Brewery, St. Cajetan’s Church, the Golda Meir house and a dozen historic structures on 9th Street that today give the Campus its architectural diversity and flavor.
He left higher education for the private sector joining Gerri Von Frellick, the State’s largest retail developer. Larry became an equity investor in several of Von Frellick’s projects and formed Hamilton Properties Corporation in 1976. While his late campus development served as one of downtown’s building blocks, Von Frellick’s regional malls ironically had abetted the flight to suburbia. During the 1980’s Hamilton Properties focused on suburban office parks but Larry remained a downtown proponent and was appointed to the downtown master plan committee by Mayor Federico Pena in 1983. The Denver central business district was then plagued by commercial vacancy, dead after-hours life and lack of residential living. That would change and Larry’s belief in a nation-wide trend to urbanism would cause Hamilton Properties to focus on downtowns and preservation of historic buildings.
Larry helped convince the Holtze organization to depart suburbia and develop a down-town hotel in Denver’s former First National Bank Building. The Magnolia chain was born and he later helped expand it to reconstructed historic buildings in central Dallas and Houston. In the mid-1990s Larry’s son Ted joined Hamilton Properties as a principal. In Dallas, the father son team has been the primary force behind the revitalization of a once dying downtown. Their dynamic mixed use developments, three occupying full city blocks, have preserved historic buildings and strengthened the City’s architectural legacy.
His civic involvements have included leading two foundations and chairing two higher education governing boards, including the Colorado State Board for Community Colleges. He has served on the downtown planning committees for Mayors of both Denver and Dallas and has received various honors and awards for contributions to higher education, business leadership and historic preservation and development.Print PDF