Warehouses (HM28H3)

Location: Denver, CO 80202 Denver County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 45.211', W 104° 59.918'

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Lower Downtown Historic District

—Established 1988 —

Denver grew from its humble beginnings along the banks of Cherry Creek in the 1860's, to a well-organized and prosperous city by the turn of the century. The "rail-age" of Denver's history brought tremendous growth and turned thought form mining to merchandising.

Originally built to house the goods and supplies coming into and going out of Denver by rail, the warehouses along Wynkoop and Wazee Streets were busy distribution centers. Well-known architects, such as Frank Edbrooke, designer of the Brown Palace and the Oxford Hotel, were commissioned to build large, prestigious buildings that served not only as warehouse space, but also as corporate offices.

Characterized by elaborate brickwork, and Romanesque arches, sandstone trim and many times, granite foundations, the buildings of the warehouse area were built to create an image as well as provide large functional work and storage space. Even specialized warehousing such as the Littleton Creamery - Beatrice Warehouse of 1801 Wynkoop, employed decorative brick banding to enliven the windowless walls required for Denver's largest cold storage plant.

Now, although restored for modern day uses, many vestiges of the past can still be seen. Evidence of the covered loading docks and rail spurs along the front of each block can still be

found by careful observers. Interior treatments of Oregon pine and oak trim, pressed metal ceilings and maple floors are architectural reminders of Denver's grand past; standing evidence of the small mining town that grew into a great industrial and supply city.
HM NumberHM28H3
Placed ByDenver Landmark Commission & Lower Downtown Historic District
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, June 14th, 2018 at 1:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)13S E 500117 N 4400400
Decimal Degrees39.75351667, -104.99863333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 45.211', W 104° 59.918'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 45' 12.66" N, 104° 59' 55.08" W
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Area Code(s)303, 720
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1634 18th St, Denver CO 80202, US
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