Hotel Metropole & Broadway Theater, 1756 Broadway Street, Denver, Denver County, CO
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1756 Broadway Street, Denver, CO
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Documentation compiled after 1933.
Survey number HABS CO-64
Building/structure dates: 1891 initial construction
Significance: The Metropole was a significant 1890s luxury hotel, designed by an unrenowned architect from Chicago, J.W. Wood. It is distinguished by its Richardsonian Romanesque Revival west facade and grand and theatrical presence in the streetscape.Built in 1891, it was boasted by the Colorado Graphic as one of the first "fireproof" hotels in the country, employing hollow clay fired tile units for all partitions, floors, ceilings, and walls. Part of the hotel was the Broadway Theatre (heraled by the Colorado Graphic as the first fireproof theatre in the West), an ornate vaudeville showhouse, whose interior was decorated in East Indian themes. The Metropole was recognized as one of the three grand hotels in Denver at the turn of the century, along with the Windsor Hotel and Brown Palace Hotel...
Wood, Col. J. W.
Fraser, Clayton B., Photographer
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill Architects, Historian
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)
1. EXTERIOR, WEST FACADE LOOKING NORTHEAST FORM ROOF OF BROWN PALACE HOTEL
2. EXTERIOR, WEST FACADE LOOKING EAST FORM BROWN PALACE HOTEL
3. EXTERIOR, WEST FACADE LOOKING SOUTHEAST FORM INTERSECTION OF BROADWAY & TREMONT STS.
4. EXTERIOR, LIGHT COURT LOOKING EAST FORM ENTRANCE SPANDREL
5. EXTERIOR, UPPER LEVEL WINDOW DETAILS LOOKING FORM 8TH FLOOR WINDOW ACROSS LIGHT COURT
6. EXTERIOR, FIFTH FLOOR WINDOW DETAIL LOOKING SOUTH FROM WINDOW ACROSS LIGHT COURT
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