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Friday, September 18, 2009

Denver Photo Contest Has Ended

After hundreds of photos were submitted - and thousands of votes were counted - we have reached the end of the Denver Photo Contest. Give yourselves a round of applause, whether you submitted, voted or merely gazed at the gorgeous images captured by Colorado's finest photographers.

We have notified the finalists and will be judging the final photos fairly soon. There are some great prizes to be won, so stay tuned for a very cheerful announcement - especially concerning who won all that free beer!

In other uplifting news, we topped off the Four Seasons Private Residences in style yesterday - with the help of an enormous crane.

City officials, local media and the building's developers were on hand as we placed the 75-foot "mast" atop the 45-story building - after we asked them to autograph it, of course. Dressed in hard hats and safety vests, we had everyone add their signatures to a piece of Denver history. Not a bad way to spend a morning.

Then we all watched as it gently left the ground and made its way to the top of the building, forever changing the Denver skyline. Don't believe us? Take a look outside if you're in Denver - chances are, you'll see it!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

149 years and counting...

As you may already know, Denver has been a prominent city in the west for well over 100 years now. So it goes without saying that Four Seasons Hotel and Private Residences Denver is not the first building to occupy our site.

After some searching I have found some photos of what has previously occupied our area.

1860- Governor John Evans house, location 14th and Arapahoe

1865- Colorado Seminary, Gov. Evans house and unidentified house,
location 14th and Arapahoe

1899- Interior of Robertson and Doll Carriage Company

1899- Robertson and Doll Carriage Company Factory, location 14th and Arapahoe

1912- A bustling Street scene on Lawrence Street between 14th and 15th

between 1914-1920

Central Bank, location 15th and Arapahoe

1913- Hurlbut Grocery Co, Location 14th and Lawrence

1920- Crowd gathers at 14th and Arapahoe

1920- Crowd Gathers at 14th and Arapahoe

... still hunting for additional information from 1920 and on...

hope to post that at a later date

Remnants of a building long since gone, excavated during construction

September 2007- 14th and Arapahoe

2010- Artist's rendering of what 14th and Arapahoe will look like about this time next year, when the hotel and residences are finished and the corner is once again bustling.

Black and white photos from: http://history.denverlibrary.org/

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