(Photo courtesy of DPL, Western History Section)

Please join Columns & Coffee and Historic Denver as we explore the Chamber Lofts and several other downtown “jewels” nearby.  First, we’ll see the Denver Chamber of Commerce building, which was built in 1910.  Classicism was the overriding theme for this “Temple of Commerce” at 1726 Champa Street.  Home town architects Willis Marean & Albert Norton designed the brick and white terra cotta facade rising five stories to a temple-like penthouse. In the 1990’s Historic Denver assisted in obtaining a grant from the State Historical Fund to restore the Chamber of Commerce Building. The now-renovated lower stories again feature an arched entrance with broad storefront windows on either side.  More than 400 lights on the façade were replaced, pink panels that had been added in 1950s were removed, and the granite columns and terracotta details were refurbished.   In 1999-2000 the building was converted to apartment lofts.

Denver architect and structural engineer Montana Fallis designed the Ideal Building for Charles Boettcher in 1907, as a concrete exhibit as well as the home of the Ideal Cement Company (the first reinforced concrete tower west of the Mississippi).  The building features a facade of travertine marble and decorative, uniquely Western,  carvings.  Later, the building became home to banks, and was fully restored to its original condition in the 1990s.

Elaborate Art Deco elements grace the facade of the Buerger Brothers Beauty Supply Company building, constructed in 1929.  Also designed by Montana Fallis, its 5-story façade bursts into yellow, blue, and green floral and geometric shapes. The building was renovated and converted into residential units in the late 1990s.

The Colorado National Bank building was designed by Fisher & Fisher and built in 1915 in a neoclassical design featuring fluted Ionic columns fabricated by the Colorado Yule Marble Company.  Merrill and Burnham Hoyt executed a near-flawless sympathetic addition along Champa Street in 1926. Inside is a lovingly restored Ionic lobby accented with Allen Tupper True murals.  The building was renovated by Marriott in 2013, and is now the Renaissance Denver Downtown City Center hotel.

Descriptions paraphrased from www.denverinfill.com and Denver, the City Beautiful by Barbara S. Norgren and Thomas J. Noel (1987).  For more information or to buy the book, visit www.HistoricDenver.org

COFFEE AT 8:30am


Location:   Meet for coffee at 8:30am at Brueggers Bagels at 817 17th Street, at the NE corner of Stout, Denver 80202.  For parking lots nearby, see: http://www.bestparking.com/denver-parking/  (Click “Home” tab, select “Denver”, and enter date information in the box.)

Cost:  $10 General.  No cost to current ICAA, Historic Denver, or Colorado Preservation, Inc. members.

Register for the Event HERE  The tour will be limited to 38 persons.  If sold out, please add your name to the Wait List in case of cancellations.

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