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"Architecture - Kittredge Building" Denver Favorite Tip by Toughluck

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Favorite thing: Marlowe's is located on the street level of the Historic Kittredge Building. The Kittredge Building was built in 1891 by Charles Marble Kittredge and his father Cornelias Van Ness Kittredge. A. Morris Stuckert was retained to design the seven story skyscraper, which was to be Denver's tallest and first modern office building.

The building's design, which embodied steel beams, iron columns, and a granite and rhyolite façade, also included such newfangled accouterments as electricity, steam heat, fireproofing and elevators.

Originally conceived as an office-retail complex, the Kittredge Building boasted as its first tenants a mixture of physicians, architects, insurance companies and attorneys. Those not as fortunate to work in such prestigious surroundings could still enjoy the panoramic mountain views offered while dining at the building's Casino Roof Garden. Added in 1891 the same year the Kittredge Building itself was completed, the rooftop beer garden and amusement park, with seating for over 300 people, soon gained a reputation as an entertainment gathering place. Five years later, the building served as the YMCA headquarters where the first basketball games were played in Denver under the direction of Dr. James Naismith, inventor of the sport. Marlowe's webpage

The Kittredge Building features a facade clad in native granite and rhyolite and was one of the first elevator buildings in Downtown. Completed in 1890, the Kittredge Building was designed by architect A. Morris Stuckert in a Richardsonian Romanesque style.

Fondest memory: Walking along the 16th Street Mall offers a variety of architectural styles. Marlowe's Steak, Chops & Seafood is located on the ground floor of this building.

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  • Updated Mar 25, 2008
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