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Empire Building, 430 Sixteenth Street, South Corner of Sixteenth St, Denver, Denver County, CO



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Item Title


Location
South Corner of Sixteenth St, Denver, CO

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1933.

Notes
Survey number HABS CO-87
Building/structure dates: 1906 initial construction
Building/structure dates: 1940 subsequent work
Building/structure dates: 1957 subsequent work
Significance: Designed by Frank E. Edbrooke, the Empire Building is a significant example of the later works of one of Denver's most prominent architects, and represents early low-rise commercial construction in the downtown area. The original owners of the Empire Building--Horace Bennett, Julius Myers, and Jerome Riche--were Colorado pioneers and influential real estate developers in Denver.

Subjects
Commerce
U-plan Buildings
Brick Buildings


Related Names
Edbrooke, Frank E.
Bennett, Horace
Myers, Julius
Riche, Jerome
Denver Iron & Wire Works Company
Cutler Manufacturing Company
Whitacre, Roger, Photographer
Simmons, R. Laurie, Historian
Whitacre, Christine, Historian


Collection
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
1. FRONT--Sixteenth Street (northeastern side) Southwest
2. NORTH CORNER--Showing front and Glenarm Place (northwestern) side. South
3. GLENARM PLACE SIDE (northwestern side) Southeast
4. REAR (southwestern side) Northeast
5. SOUTH CORNER--Showing rear and alley (southeastern) side; the rear of the building is obscured by the three-story hotel in the foreground. North
6. EAST CORNER--Showing alley (southeastern) side and front. The Sixteenth Street Mall is in the foreground. West
7. LIGHT WELL--Photograph taken from a fourth floor window. The skylight, now covered, can be seen at the bottom. Northwest
8. LOBBY CEILING, FIRST FLOOR--The ceiling is partially obscured by fluorescent lights and a false ceiling.
9. STAIRWELL CEILING, FIRST FLOOR
10. STAIRWAY, FIRST FLOOR
11. STAIRWAY, SECOND FLOOR
12. STAIRWAY DETAIL, SECOND FLOOR
13. MAIL CHUTE
14. HALLWAY, THIRD FLOOR--Showing the offices on the front (northeastern) side of the building. North
15. HALLWAY, FIFTH FLOOR--Showing the outside offices on the Glenarm Place (northwestern) side of the building. West
16. OFFICE INTERIOR--Located on the Glenarm Place (northwestern) side, with the windows facing the light well. Southeast
17. Photographic copy of the original architectural drawing (1906) in the possession of the Colorado Historical Society, Denver, Colorado. FRONT (SIXTEENTH STREET)
18. Photographic copy of the original architectural drawing (1906) in the possession of the Colorado Historical Society, Denver, Colorado. GLENARM PLACE (NORTHWESTERN) SIDE
19. Photographic copy of the original architectural drawing (1906) in the possession of the Colorado Historical Society, Denver, Colorado. REAR (SOUTHWESTERN SIDE)
20. Photographic copy of the original architectural drawing (1906) in the possession of the Colorado Historical Society, Denver, Colorado. ALLEY (SOUTHEASTERN) SIDE
21. Photographic copy of the original architectural drawing (1906) in the possession of the Colorado Historical Society, Denver, Colorado. BASEMENT PLAN
22. Photographic copy of the original architectural drawing (1906) in the possession of the Colorado Historical Society, Denver, Colorado. FIRST FLOOR PLAN, DETAIL This plan appears to be a drawing of the first floor lobby which was never executed. The stairway between the first and second floors is not curved as shown in this drawing, and lies parallel to the two elevators in the lobby (similar to the stairway/elevator configuration of the upper floors). See photo CO-87-29 for a drawing of the first floor stairway as it was built.
23. Photographic copy of the original architectural drawing (1906) in the possession of the Colorado Historical Society, Denver, Colorado. DRAWING SHOWING CHANGE OF TOILET ROOM, FIRST FLOOR
24. Photographic copy of the original architectural drawing (1906) in the possession of the Colorado Historical Society, Denver, Colorado. SECOND FLOOR
25. Photographic copy of the original architectural drawing (1906) in the possession of the Colorado Historical Society, Denver, Colorado. THIRD FLOOR
26. Photographic copy of the original architectural drawing (1906) in the possession of the Colorado Historical Society, Denver, Colorado. FOURTH FLOOR
27. Photographic copy of the original architectural drawing (1906) in the possession of the Colorado Historical Society, Denver, Colorado. FIFTH FLOOR
28. Photographic copy of the original architectural drawing (1906) in the possession of the Colorado Historical Society, Denver, Colorado. ROOF PLAN
29. Photographic copy of the original architectural drawing (1906) in the possession of the Colorado Historical Society, Denver, Colorado. FIRE ESCAPES ON REAR; MAIN STAIRS


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