Denver Favorite Tips by Toughluck
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Favorite thing: The Boston Building was completed in 1890 and designed by Andrews & Jacques. It features a combination of Renaissance Revival and Richardsonian Romanesque style elements and is clad in Colorado red sandstone. The building was renovated in the 1990s as the Boston Lofts
In the financial district at 17th and Champa
Favorite thing: The lower half of the Colorado National Bank building was built in 1915 in a neoclassical design featuring marble from the Colorado Yule Marble Company. The upper half of the building was added as an addition in 1926 with a slightly more modern interpretation of the neoclassical base.
Also located in the Financial Center at 17th and Champa
Favorite thing: Built in 1907 for the Ideal Cement Co. (it was the first reinforced concrete tower west of the Mississippi), the building later became home to banks. The building features a facade of travertine marble and decorative carvings, and was fully restored to its original condition in the 1990s.
In the heart of the old financial center at 17th & Champa
Fondest memory: We were staying just a block up and walked through this intersection everyday for a week.
Favorite thing: The Ghost Building, built in 1889 and designed by William Lang, originally stood at the corner of 14th and Glenarm. In 1974, the building was disassembled and its facade's 1,700 stones placed in storage until 1984, when it was reconstructed at its present location at 18th and Stout.
At 18th Street and Stout, just across 18th from the Federal Courthouse.
Fondest memory: It was early and the sun was already out. Went for a quick walk to see the Federal Courthouse and found the Ghost Building. It's a beautiful stone building with a Diner still operating. On a quiet morning, it evoked the past from it's stone walls, and was an inviting place on a cold morning. It was closed as it was a weekend.
California Street side
Favorite thing: The Denver Dry Goods building was completed in various stages between 1889 and 1906 and was home to the prominent local retailer until the 1980s. In the 1990s it was fully restored and converted into shops, offices, and lofts. The building was designed by Frank Edbrooke.
Located on California and 16th Street.
Fondest memory: The building still houses several business'. TJ Max is located on the 2nd floor (16th Street Entrance).
Broadway side from Tremont & Broadway
Favorite thing: The venerable Brown Palace Hotel was designed by Frank Edbrooke and completed in 1892. It features carved sandstone on a base of granite and was the country's second fireproof building. Over a century later, the Brown Palace remains one of Denver's finest hotels.
It fills the block between 17th Street, Broadway and Tremont Place.
Favorite thing: Elaborate Art Deco elements grace the facade of this 1929 building designed by architect Montana Fallis as the home to the Buerger Brothers Beauty Supply Company. The building was renovated and converted into residential units in the late 1990s.
On Champa Street between 17th and 18th Streets
Favorite thing: Denver's Union Station was constrcuted to consolidate rail acitivy in the City and to replace the 4 separate stations. This 1880 Italianate style is built of Colorado Rhyolite and sandstone.
Length: 504 feet
Height: 128 feet (tower)
Designer: William E. Taylor of Kansas City.
Expanded in 1892 to 880 feet.
A fire burned down the central section on March 18, 1894. It was replaced by a Van Brunt & Howe (Kansas City). IN 1914, this section was replaced with the existing Neoclassical section.
"synopsis of the Lower Downtown Walking tour plaque"
Fondest memory: For more images, see my Union Station travelogue
Favorite thing: The Trinity Methodist Church was built in 1887 in a Gothic Revival style and designed by Robert Roeschlaub, Colorado's first licensed architect. The entire structure, including the steeple, is built of rhyolite from Castle Rock, CO, and features a stain-glass window by the Tiffany Company. DenverInfill.com
Fondest memory: See my Holy Trinity travelogue.
Favorite thing: The Masonic Building was built in 1889 and designed by Frank Edbrooke in a Romanesque style. The building was gutted by fire in 1985 leaving only its stone exterior walls. A thorough reconstruction and renovation followed, bringing it back as one of Denver's finest historic buildings. DenverInfill.com
Fondest memory: 535 16th Street @ Welton Street
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