The City of Denver, named after the Kansas Territorial Governor, James W. Denver, emerged in the late 1850’s out of three early Gold Rush communities located at the confluence of the South Platte River and the Cherry Creek. Although early structures were built out of wood in Denver, the fire of 1863 destroyed most of the City’s buildings. As a result, a new law effective through the 1940’s only permitted the construction of buildings clad in brick or stone which characterizes the City’s historical structures.
Present day Downtown Denver is a bustling center of commerce and a thriving community with residential, commercial, retail and civic structures providing spaces for activity 24×7. The rows of financial buildings intermixed with restaurants, bars and residential living attract a diverse population. Downtown is arguably one of the most walkable and easily accessible areas with a free shuttle running down the 16th Street Mall. Residences primarily consist of condominium and apartment buildings ranging from newly constructed towers to recently renovated historic buildings.
The tallest building in the City, Republic Plaza, is located in the Downtown neighborhood and reaches a height of 714 feet and 56 floors. Arguably the most recognizable building in Denver, however, is the Wells Fargo Center, or “the Cash Register Building,” which is the third tallest building in the City with a height of 698 feet and 52 floors. Both buildings were constructed in the early 1980’s during a downtown development boom fostered by the combined spending of energy companies and the federal government. High-rise construction in the downtown area, however, halted for about 20 years as the City worked to absorb the overbuilding of the 70’s and 80’s. Construction began again in 2005 with the completion of the Hyatt Regency Denver at the Colorado Convention Center and continued with the construction of the Spire tower and the Four Seasons Hotel and Private Residences completed in 2009 and 2010 respectively.
Red Door Recommends:
- Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox – 20th & Larimer
- Peaks Lounge – 15th & California
- Rioja – 15th & Larimer