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Old 12-14-2008, 02:35 PM
 
Location: Governor's Park/Capitol Hill, Denver, CO
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On the 5th I walked down to check out the Parade of Lights and shot these pics. Not the best as it was night and I still warming up my camera and experimenting without a tripod, but you will get the idea. The shots are in random order to keep in interesting and I added a few shots of snow on the evening of the 9th. It has been a very dry fall, cold but dry in the city. Nice to get some snow last night, even if it was an inch or so. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Denver Aztec



Daniels and Fisher Tower, was built as part of the Daniels & Fisher department store in 1910, it was the tallest structure west of the Mississippi at the time, at a height of 325 feet. Modeled after The Campanile (St. Mark's Bell Tower) at the Piazza San Marco in Venice, Italy, the 20-floor clock tower has clock faces on all four sides. Daniels & Fisher were later bought out by the May Company in 1958, and the store vacated the tower. When the store was demolished (ca. 1971), the tower was saved and renovated into lofts and businesses in 1981. The basement level of the D&F tower now hosts Lannie's Clocktower Cabaret, Lannie Garrett's own entertainment venue.









The Hyatt





The lighting tradition began in 1935 and has continued annually. About the building It was designed in a Beaux-Arts Neoclassical style, the facade features two curved wings with engaged Ionic columns, a rusticated base of Cotopaxi granite, and a carillon clock tower topped with a golden eagle. A monumental staircase leads up to a three-story tall temple-front entry with Corinthian columns of Stone Mountain, Georgia, granite. Large bronze doors open into a lobby featuring Colorado travertine panels, eight 19-foot high columns in the rotunda, and various works by local artists The City and County Building, conceived as part of the 1906 Robinson plan, took 26 years and the combined efforts of 39 architects to realize. It faces the State Capitol across Civic Center Park to the east.





The Museum Condos in the Golden Triangle. Designed by Daniel Libeskind:





















The Colorado State Capitol, The building is intentionally reminiscent of the United States Capitol. Designed by Elijah E. Myers, it was constructed in the 1890s from Colorado white granite. The distinctive gold dome consists of a plate of real gold, first added in 1908, commemorating the Colorado Gold Rush. The building is part of Denver's Civic Center area. Serving as the beginning of the Capitol Hill district, the historic building sits slightly higher than the rest of downtown Denver. The main entrance hall is open 180 feet to the top of the dome, about the height of an 18-story building.













Entrance to Wells Fargo at 17th Avenue and Lincoln:



Wells Atarium connecting to the I.M. Pei designed building behind:



Night time floor polishing:



Brown Palace Hotel is the second-oldest hotel in Denver, Colorado and is the first atrium-style hotel ever to be built. It is now operated by Quorum Hotels and Resorts. It was built in 1892, one year later than the Oxford Hotel. It was named for its original owner, Henry Brown, and was designed with its odd triangular shape by architect Frank Edbrooke. Where Hillary and Barack stayed during the DNC this past summer. Guests included and still include entrepreneurs, legislators, presidents and foreign officials. Past guests include the "Unsinkable" Molly Brown (she stayed at the hotel only a week after the Titanic disaster), Dr. Sun Yat Sen (just prior to being the president of the new Republic of China), Queen Marie of Romania, the Duke of San Macario, and The Beatles. Presidential guests inluded Theodore Roosevelt, William Taft, Warren Harding, Harry S Truman, and Dwight D. Eisenhower.
Since its opening, light has poured into the atrium from the stained-glass skylight eight stories above. Afternoon tea is now a custom in the lobby with Denverites and visitors alike listening to a harpist or pianist. The hotel also includes four highly rated restaurants: fine dining in the Palace Arms, elegant breakfast and lunch in Ellyington's, casual lunch and dinner in the Ship Tavern, and the members-only Brown Palace Club.

Each year during the National Western Stock Show in Denver, the Grand Champion Steer is taken to the Brown Palace and displayed in the lobby.
The hotel has its own artesian well that provides water to all of the hotel faucets.



The annual Christmas chandelier, I prefer the non-energy saving lights but good to see the "green" appropriate lighting as well.



Go ahead and call me a dork WantToStay, but I loved this escallator as a kid, just because of the lighting!







Denver Pavillions:





















Denver celebrated it's 150th birthday in November of this year!





































More in a moment!
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Old 12-14-2008, 02:46 PM
 
Location: Governor's Park/Capitol Hill, Denver, CO
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Denver Art Museum, Daniel Libeskind architect:









Merry Christmas!

Denver Aztec

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Old 12-14-2008, 03:48 PM
 
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Absolutely beautiful. Thanks for including the Brown Palace. Probably the second nicest hotel I've stayed at besides the Broadmoor :P

I cant wait to get back to CO
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Old 12-15-2008, 07:46 AM
 
Location: Governor's Park/Capitol Hill, Denver, CO
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Thanks for your comment JHG722!
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Old 12-15-2008, 11:19 AM
 
Location: Shelton, CT
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Great Pictures! Thanks for sharing them!
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Old 12-15-2008, 11:47 AM
 
Location: Orange County, California
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What a beautiful city!!! Thank you so much for sharing. I love the wonderful mix of modern and old architecture.
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Old 12-15-2008, 12:15 PM
 
Location: Denver, Colorado U.S.A.
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Great pictures! We haven't made it down to see the lights at night yet. Maybe next year when the kids will appreciate it.
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Old 12-15-2008, 12:39 PM
 
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wow ur pictures are amazing, cant wait to get out there
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Old 12-15-2008, 12:58 PM
 
Location: Vermont, grew up in Colorado and California
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These are wonderful, thanks!
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Old 12-15-2008, 03:32 PM
 
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Originally Posted by DenverAztec
Brown Palace Hotel is the second-oldest hotel in Denver... Past guests include the "Unsinkable" Molly Brown (she stayed at the hotel only a week after the Titanic disaster), Dr. Sun Yat Sen (just prior to being the president of the new Republic of China), Queen Marie of Romania, the Duke of San Macario, and The Beatles. Presidential guests inluded Theodore Roosevelt, William Taft, Warren Harding, Harry S Truman, and Dwight D. Eisenhower...


You forget to mention... Mr. and Mrs. Gowdog! The Kobe beef and the Foie gras are to die for. They have a cognac that goes for about 530.00 for about 1.5 oz!

Nice pics again! We went to the parade of lights last year because we came to watch the P-Dub Cyclones take home the 4A State Football title and stayed at the Hyatt. I remember it being windy and flippin' cold last year! Probably not as cold as last night though.


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