Historic Architecture in Denver

admin May 30, 2011 0

In 2000, the new downtown area of Denver was created and consists of forty three buildings that are identified as historically or architecturally significant and worth preserving.   Some of the historical architecture in downtown Denver includes:

  • The Denver Municipal Auditorium—this building is a section of the complex for the Denver Performing Arts and houses the Opera House.  It also hosted the 1908 Democratic National Convention.
  • Telephone Building—it was the headquarters for Denver’s local phone company from 1929 to 1984.
  • Tramway Building—From 1911 to 1971 it held the transportation offices and street car barn.
  • Denver Dry Goods Co. Building—it was built in many stages from 1889 and 1906.  It was used by a local retailer until the 1980s and in the 1990s it was restored and is now offices, stores, and lofts.
  • Symes Building—built in 1906 and was one of Denver’s first steel framed buildings.  For years it was home to the Woolworths store and now has offices and retail stores.
  • Neusteter Company Building—it once housed the upscale Neusteter’s department store from 1924 to 1985 and in the 1990s the building was converted into condominiums.
  • The Tritch Building/Joslins Dry Goods Building—built in 1887 with four stories and the fifth floor was built in 1927.  It was Joslin’s department store when it closed in the 1990s and is now the Downtown Courtyard by Marriott.
  • The Brown Palace Hotel—this hotel was built in 1892 and the features are carved sandstone on granite.  The fireproof building was the second one in the country and today it remains as one of Denver’s finest hotels.
  • The Midland Savings Building—this building, built in 1925, was an Italian Renaissance Revival style. On the penthouse, it features gargoyles made of terra cotta and since renovation it is called Midland Lofts.
  • Denver Club Building—built in 1953 this is an Early Modernism building included in the Historic District.  This was the first tower building that was built after the end of World War II in Downtown Denver.  It was also a first in modern high rise buildings.

These are just some of the forty three buildings that are included in the historic architecture in Denver that were worth preserving.  Some of the other buildings include the Equitable Building, the Boston Building, the First National American National Bank, and the Trinity United Methodist Church.

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