This multiple property submission provides a historical context for evaluating the significance of historic resources associated with the commercial development of Denver’s Central Business District during the period 1880-1973. The oldest identified historic building in the area dates to 1880. The historical context extends from that year to 1973, when events impacting the local economy resulted in a new era of development. The City of Denver, Colorado’s capital and largest city, is located on the South Platte River at its confluence with Cherry Creek, some twelve miles east of the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. The search for gold brought the area’s first permanent settlement in 1858: Auraria was established on the west side of Cherry Creek, Denver City was founded on the east, and the townsite of Highland was created on the bluffs to the north. The communities were united in April 1860, selecting the name that honored Kansas Territorial Governor James Denver. Formally incorporated in 1861, Denver became the county seat of Arapahoe County in the same year and capital of the territory in 1867. The city’s link to a transcontinental railroad in 1870 ensured Denver’s continued regional dominance and it became the state capital in 1876. The riches extracted from Colorado mines fueled a major period of growth, during which the city became an agricultural supply center and a focus of industrial, manufacturing, and financial activity for the Rocky Mountain region. A 1902 constitutional amendment established Denver as a city and county. During the twentieth century, Denver’s economic base expanded with the growth of tourism, enlargement of the service sector, exploitation of energy resources, and the attraction of numerous federal agency offices. As a major regional center, a number of historically and architecturally significant buildings were erected in Downtown Denver. (Cover documentation accepted for the State Register 9/8/2004, accepted by the National Register in 2004.) Multiple Property Documentation Form (PDF, 6.15 MB).
Denver City and County
Baur Confectionery Company Building
1512-1514 Curtis St.
National Register 7/6/2006, 5DV.513
828 17th St.
National Register 9/18/1978, 5DV.108
Brinker Collegiate Institute / Navarre
1725-27 Tremont Pl.
National Register 10/28/1977, 5DV.124
Brown Palace Hotel
17th & Tremont Pl.
National Register 4/28/1970, 5DV.110
Buerger Brothers Building and Annex
1732-1740, & 1742 Champa St.
State Register 5/14/1997, National Register 9/25/1998, 5DV.528
Chamber of Commerce Building (Chamber Lofts)
1726 Champa St.
State Register 6/10/1998, National Register 1/16/2001, 5DV.527
Daniels & Fisher Tower
1101 16th St.
National Register 12/3/1969, 5DV.118
Denver City Cable Railway Building / Tramway Cable Building (Spaghetti Factory)
1215 18th St.
National Register 7/2/1979, 5DV.117
Denver Dry Goods Company Building
16th & California Sts.
National Register 1/9/1978, 5DV.135
730 17th St.
National Register 1/9/1978, 5DV.121
First National Bank (Magnolia Hotel)
818 17th St.
National Register 2/23/1996, 5DV.1727
A.C. Foster Building / University Building
912 16th St.
National Register 1/9/1978, 5DV.142
Gas & Electric Building / Public Service Company Building
910 15th St.
National Register 7/20/1978, 5DV.137
821 17th St.
National Register 6/9/1977, 5DV.125
Joslin Dry Goods Company Building
934 16th St.
State Register 3/12/1996, National Register 8/14/1997, 5DV.1913
Kistler Stationery Building
1636 Champa St.
State Register 3/12/1997, National Register 4/14/1997, 5DV.492
511 16th St.
National Register 12/2/1977, 5DV.139
A.T. Lewis New Building
1531 Stout St.
National Register 8/19/1994, 5DV.495
A.T. Lewis & Son Department Store
800-816 16th St.
State Register 11/9/1994, National Register 12/23/1994, 5DV.494
Masonic Temple Building
1614 Welton St.
National Register 11/22/1977, 5DV.136
1554 California St.
National Register 1/26/2005, 5DV.499
Midland Savings Building (Midland Lofts)
444 17th St.
State Register 8/11/1999, National Register 2/2/2001, 5DV.1733
720 16th St.
National Register 11/30/1987, 5DV.496
1621 Glenarm Pl.
National Register 11/21/1980, 5DV.190
Railway Exchange Addition and Railway Exchange New Building (Hotel Monaco)
1715 Champa St. & 909 17th St.
National Register 10/17/1997, 5DV.525 / 5DV.526
931 14th St.
National Register 1/26/2005, 5DV.522
Tramway Building (Teatro Hotel)
1100 14th St.
National Register 1/5/1978, 5DV.140
US National Bank / Guaranty Bank (Bank Lofts)
817 17th St.
National Register 3/25/1994, 5DV.5300