(Photo courtesy of DPL, Western History Section)

Known as the “Aristocrats of Apartments” upon its completion in 1924, The Norman was designed by and named for prominent Denver architect William Norman Bowman.  The Norman is one of Denver’s best preserved examples of a luxury apartment building dating from the 1920s and 30s.  Laid out as two six-story wings set at right angles, the complex contained 48 apartments with nine foot ceilings.  Interior appointments included mahogany doors and wood trim, with marble floors in the main foyer and entrance hall.  Its oversized brochure at the time claimed to “surround its dwellers with…an atmosphere of refinement.”  Amenities included elevators, maids’ quarters, “a completely electrified” laundry, unlimited ice day or night, and a tended parking garage. The exterior design is eclectic, reflecting the architect’s interpretation of the Spanish Colonial Revival and Colonial Revival styles.  The building was added to the National Register in December, 1983.

The tour will be hosted by John Olson of Historic Denver along with a knowledgeable resident of The Norman. We look forward to a taste of the Upper East Side, right here in Denver!

Description sources:  History Colorado OAHP and Denver, The City Beautiful by Thomas J. Noel and Barbara S. Norgren, 1987.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2015
COFFEE at 8:30am
TOUR BEGINS AT 9:00am

2015 TOUR PARTNERS:  HISTORIC DENVER, COLORADO PRESERVATION, INC.,  

THE ST. CHARLES TOWN COMPANY, and GERRETSON REALTY

Location:  Meet for coffee at 8:30am at Starbucks, 1209 E Alameda Avenue and South Downing Street, NE corner. We will walk up So. Marion Parkway a couple of long-blocks to the front entrance of The Norman, where the tour will begin at 9:00am.

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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