They don't call it Mile High For Nothing
Denver's nickname of The Mile High City is pretty self-explanatory. One of the steps to the State Capitol building is exactly 5,280 feet, exactly one mile above sea level. The city, and the state of Colorado in general, really capitalize on their "elevated" status by boasting about the "highest road", "highest bridges", etc.
You may or may not care about all the statistics, but you'll notice the change in elevation, especially if you're from a sea level altitude environment. The air is considerably thinnner up here. In fact, once you step off the plane and begin to walk through the airport, you are likely to experience the effects of the Mile High City almost immediately.
Architecture - Kittredge Building
Marlowe's is located on the street level of the Historic Kittredge Building. The Kittredge Building was built in 1891 by Charles Marble Kittredge and his father Cornelias Van Ness Kittredge. A. Morris Stuckert was retained to design the seven story skyscraper, which was to be Denver's tallest and first modern office building.
The building's design, which embodied steel beams, iron columns, and a granite and rhyolite façade, also included such newfangled accouterments as electricity, steam heat, fireproofing and elevators.
Originally conceived as an office-retail complex, the Kittredge Building boasted as its first tenants a mixture of physicians, architects, insurance companies and attorneys. Those not as fortunate to work in such prestigious surroundings could still enjoy the panoramic mountain views offered while dining at the building's Casino Roof Garden. Added in 1891 the same year the Kittredge Building itself was completed, the rooftop beer garden and amusement park, with seating for over 300 people, soon gained a reputation as an entertainment gathering place. Five years later, the building served as the YMCA headquarters where the first basketball games were played in Denver under the direction of Dr. James Naismith, inventor of the sport. Marlowe's webpage
The Kittredge Building features a facade clad in native granite and rhyolite and was one of the first elevator buildings in Downtown. Completed in 1890, the Kittredge Building was designed by architect A. Morris Stuckert in a Richardsonian Romanesque style. DenverInfill.com Walking along the 16th Street Mall offers a variety of architectural styles. Marlowe's Steak, Chops & Seafood is located on the ground floor of this building.
Architecture-A.H. Ghost Building
The Ghost Building, built in 1889 and designed by William Lang, originally stood at the corner of 14th and Glenarm. In 1974, the building was disassembled and its facade's 1,700 stones placed in storage until 1984, when it was reconstructed at its present location at 18th and Stout.
At 18th Street and Stout, just across 18th from the Federal Courthouse. It was early and the sun was already out. Went for a quick walk to see the Federal Courthouse and found the Ghost Building. It's a beautiful stone building with a Diner still operating. On a quiet morning, it evoked the past from it's stone walls, and was an inviting place on a cold morning. It was closed as it was a weekend.
Central Park - as not as gorgeous as it was
Central Park is still beautiful with its architecture, summer flowers beds, green grass and trees. But unfortunately, the pleasure of walk is not as large as I would wish. The Central Pak is the center of life suspicious youngsters and bumps. As I have heard from my friends, this is a place to buy drugs and other illegal stuff. Warm summers are even worse, because Denver homeless community gathers with chairs and sleeping bags in the Park to warm themselves on the sun, to watch people and to give all kinds of inappropriate comments. It is a pity it goes this way, because this park deserves more than it has now.
Although we didnt see any games,(we missed the LAKERS VS NUGGETS) We did check out the Invesco field, Pepsi Center, and the Coors Field. These are all pretty close to each other. Maybe next time i can catch a game.