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Brown Palace Hotel: view of southwest corner

Title : Brown Palace Hotel

Other title : H.C. Brown Hotel; H.C. Brown Palace; Brown Palace Tower

Creator : Edbrooke, Frank E., 1840-1921; Tabler, William B. Sr.

Creator role : Architect

Date : 1888 (Construction begins) 1892 (competed) 1959 (Tower addition is opened)

Current location : Denver, Colorado, United States

Description of work : This building was known as the foremost social landmark in downtown Denver. The red granite and sandstone building is located on a triangular site bounded by Broadway Street, Tremont Place, and 17th Street. This building was one of the first examples of a fully fireproof construction in the country. At its completion, the two million dollar hotel was considered the height of luxury, with each of the original 410 rooms having a window with a street view and a door to an interior atrium which had onyx walls and a stained glass skylight. In 1959 William B. Tabler designed the Brown Palace Tower which was across the street on Tremont Place and is connected to the original building at the second story by a twenty-five foot sky bridge. It contains 288 "executive type" guest rooms. The sculptor James Whitehouse carved a series of 26 medallions set between the windows on the 7th floor, and a series of decorations over the entrance on 17th street. (Sources: Denver Foundation for Architecture. Guide to Denver Architecture with Regional Highlights. Englewood, CO: Westcliffe Publishers, Inc., 2001.; Colorado Historical Society,, Accessed 2/4/10.)

Description of view : Middle distant view of the southeast and southwest facades looking to the northeast. There are several large buildings immediately behind it. Court Street runs along to the right, with 17th street crossing in front and going to the left. It is in a busy downtown area with many cars and pedestrian traffic.

Inscription : Inscribed at the entrance at the corner of Court and 17th Street: Brown Palace Hotel

Work type : Architecture and Landscape

Style of work : Modern: Richardsonian Romanesque

Culture : American

Materials/Techniques : Stone



Source : Pisciotta, Henry

Date photographed : April 2008

Resource type : Image

File format : JPEG

Image size : 2304H X 3072W pixels

Permitted uses : This image is posted publicly for non-profit educational uses, excluding printed publication. Other uses are not permitted. For additional details see:

Collection : Worldwide Building and Landscape Pictures

Filename : WB2009-0235 BrownPalace.JPG

Record ID : WB2009-0235

Sub collection : hotels (public accommodations)

Copyright holder : Copyright Henry Pisciotta


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Taken on May 6, 2008