Brown Palace Hotel, Denver, CO, USA
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Team Min Dawg
N 39° 44.650 W 104° 59.277
13S E 501032 N 4399362
Quick Description: This 114 year old hotel is located in downtown Denver, CO
Location: Colorado, United States
Date Posted: 2/7/2007 8:32:27 PM
Waymark Code: WM175R
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member NFreitas
Views: 70

Long Description:
The red granite and sandstone walls of The Brown Palace have watched more than a century of Colorado and Denver history develop.

The city was a mere 34 years old when Henry C. Brown opened the doors of his monument to himself in August, 1892. It was a braggart city built by men who had made fortunes based on the gold and silver drawn from the mountains they then viewed from mansions on Capitol Hill where Brown had first homesteaded. They welcomed the new, elegant locale in which to conduct their business deals. Their wives took tea and their daughters danced at lavish balls.

It was fittingly a palace for "The Queen City of the Plains" as Denver dubbed itself. Inside the hotel designed by architect Frank E. Edbrooke, the eight story atrium, its pillars and wainscoting of pale golden onyx from Mexico reflecting the pastel shades of the stained glass ceiling, rivaled the grandest of hotels "back East." A massive fireplace, the mantel of which was supported by two solid pillars of onyx, was a welcome amenity when the winter winds howled down from the snow-capped peaks to the west.

Through the years, The Brown Palace has seen it all - boom times and depressions, peace and war. If the walls could talk, what stories they would tell of love and betrayal, success and failure, happiness and despair.

Emperors, kings and presidents have been cosseted here. Royal queens and the goddesses of stage and screen have primped in these rooms. The walls know their stories. We can only imagine them.

President and Mrs. Eisenhower were the most frequent First Family to visit The Brown Palace. It served as his pre-campaign headquarters in 1952, and they spent many of their summer vacations here. To commemorate them, the former Presidential Suite was renamed The Eisenhower Suite in 1980. The Eisenhower stories are recounted during the twice-weekly historical tours (Wednesday and Saturday, 2:00 p.m.).

More than 700 wrought iron grill work panels ring the lobby from the third through the seventh floor. Two of them are upside down, one to serve the tradition that man, who can not be perfect, must put a flaw into his handiwork; the other sneaked in by a disgruntled workman. Finding these bits of history intrigue visitors to the 114-year old Brown Palace.

Denver's Brown Palace has been hosting four-legged guests since Lizzie the cat made permanent paw prints in the concrete a century ago.

This "grand dame" even displays a champion steer during Afternoon Tea in the Atrium Lobby each January in honor of the National Western's Junior Auction of Livestock Champions. So it stands to reason that the hotel welcomes the dogs of guests with unique Brown Palace-style.

Dogs of any size are welcome to stay in the guest rooms & suites with their owner. (A $60 charge, dog registration card and proof of rabies shot is required at check-in.)

A Brown Palace dog bowl and bed will be delivered to the room upon arrival for use during the stay, if the owner wishes.

All four-legged guests receive a "Bone-Appetit" welcome treat from The Brown Palace kitchen.
(All text for this waymark was copied from the Brown Palace Hotel website.)

Name of the Hotel: Brown Palace Hotel

321 17th Street, Denver, Colorado 80202

Number of Rooms: 241

Height in floors: nine

Hotel Rating: Denver's only Mobil Four-Star and AAA Four-Diamond hotel

Hotel since: 08/01/1892

Date Building was built: 08/01/1892

Historic Hotel (Historic Building, National Monument or similar): yes

Urban Hotel (located in a village or town): yes

Mountains Nearby (less than 25 Kms / 15 Mil): yes

Beachs Nearby (less than 25 Kms / 15 Mil): no

Historic Place nearby (Unesco or National monument/site less than 25 Kms / 15 Mil): yes

Hotel website (if available): [Web Link]

First use of building: Not listed

Major Pilgrimage Place Nearby (less than 25 Kms / 15 Mil. Consider any religion).: Not Listed

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