Hello. I live just south of Denver. I'm not sure about B&B's in Denver, I know there are some there but I've only ever stayed in hotels in the downtown city area. I'm sure if you got to places like TripAdvisor.com or just google Bed and Breakfast's in Denver, Colorado several will pop up.
As for what to wear.....it is mid summer when you are arriving and it can be quite hot one day (80 to 90 degrees) and then it could cool off and rain the next day. I would suggest bringing layers. Bring shorts, a pair of jeans, a pair of slacks, summer shoes (flip flops, etc.), a pair of good walking or hiking shoes if you are going to be doing any walking around and/or hiking. Bring a a short sleeve shirt and a long sleeve shirt and maybe a light jacket. If you are going to go up to the high country, meaning the mountains above Denver, it's been warm lately and the sun really beats on you much harder once you get above 8,000 feet so remember to wear sunblock and a hat may be neccesary. Remember, this is Colorado and we are a casual bunch. If you aren't planning any ultra fine dining experiences usually shorts or slacks and a nice clean shirt works in most restaurants and jeans too. I hope you have a great trip and welcome to beautiful Colorado.
The Boston Building was completed in 1890 and designed by Andrews & Jacques. It features a combination of Renaissance Revival and Richardsonian Romanesque style elements and is clad in Colorado red sandstone. The building was renovated in the 1990s as the Boston Lofts
In the financial district at 17th and Champa
The lower half of the Colorado National Bank building was built in 1915 in a neoclassical design featuring marble from the Colorado Yule Marble Company. The upper half of the building was added as an addition in 1926 with a slightly more modern interpretation of the neoclassical base.
Also located in the Financial Center at 17th and Champa
Built in 1907 for the Ideal Cement Co. (it was the first reinforced concrete tower west of the Mississippi), the building later became home to banks. The building features a facade of travertine marble and decorative carvings, and was fully restored to its original condition in the 1990s.
In the heart of the old financial center at 17th & Champa
Fondest memory: We were staying just a block up and walked through this intersection everyday for a week.
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.
Fondest memory: 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.
The Denver Dry Goods building was completed in various stages between 1889 and 1906 and was home to the prominent local retailer until the 1980s. In the 1990s it was fully restored and converted into shops, offices, and lofts. The building was designed by Frank Edbrooke.
Located on California and 16th Street.
Fondest memory: The building still houses several business'. TJ Max is located on the 2nd floor (16th Street Entrance).
The venerable Brown Palace Hotel was designed by Frank Edbrooke and completed in 1892. It features carved sandstone on a base of granite and was the country's second fireproof building. Over a century later, the Brown Palace remains one of Denver's finest hotels.
It fills the block between 17th Street, Broadway and Tremont Place.
Elaborate Art Deco elements grace the facade of this 1929 building designed by architect Montana Fallis as the home to the Buerger Brothers Beauty Supply Company. The building was renovated and converted into residential units in the late 1990s.
On Champa Street between 17th and 18th Streets
Denver's Union Station was constrcuted to consolidate rail acitivy in the City and to replace the 4 separate stations. This 1880 Italianate style is built of Colorado Rhyolite and sandstone.
Length: 504 feet
Height: 128 feet (tower)
Designer: William E. Taylor of Kansas City.
Expanded in 1892 to 880 feet.
A fire burned down the central section on March 18, 1894. It was replaced by a Van Brunt & Howe (Kansas City). IN 1914, this section was replaced with the existing Neoclassical section.
"synopsis of the Lower Downtown Walking tour plaque"
Fondest memory: For more images, see my Union Station travelogue
The Trinity Methodist Church was built in 1887 in a Gothic Revival style and designed by Robert Roeschlaub, Colorado's first licensed architect. The entire structure, including the steeple, is built of rhyolite from Castle Rock, CO, and features a stain-glass window by the Tiffany Company. DenverInfill.com
Fondest memory: See my Holy Trinity travelogue.
The Masonic Building was built in 1889 and designed by Frank Edbrooke in a Romanesque style. The building was gutted by fire in 1985 leaving only its stone exterior walls. A thorough reconstruction and renovation followed, bringing it back as one of Denver's finest historic buildings. DenverInfill.com
Fondest memory: 535 16th Street @ Welton Street
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
Fondest memory: 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.
Fondest memory: This is Denver as seen from the top of Lookout Mountain.....to give you an idea as to how far away I was....I had to use the zoom to almost the max!! VERY FAR AWAY INDEED!!!!! If you look closely, you can see I-25, Denver International Airport, and parts of I-70.
Denver Art Museum located in downtown Denver near Central Park consists now of two buildings: North building and Frederic C. Hamilton Building.
Since its beginnings in the 1890s as the Denver Artists’ Club, the Denver Art Museum has had a number of temporary homes, from the public library and a downtown mansion to a portion of the Denver City and County Building.
The museum opened its own galleries on 14th Avenue Parkway in 1949, and a center for children’s art activities was added in the early 1950s.
In 1971, we opened the North Building. Most recent expansion, the Frederic C. Hamilton Building, opened in October 7, 2006.
In 1990, 75 % of the city's voters approved a $91.6 million bond issue to build a new Central Library and renovate, expand or build new branch library buildings. A 540,000 square-foot Central Library, the design of world-renowned Michael Graves and the Denver firm of Klipp Colussy Jenks DuBois, opened in 1995.
Branch improvements were also complete by 1995.
Denver Library website
Fondest memory: I like the design of Denver Central Library. The colorful walls and cube-built shaps of the building give make it not so boring as library so ofter assumed to be. I also would encourage you to look behind the door of the library and even walk in the hall. The inside interior looks splendid.
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