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Henry Lee Building - 1907

Lower Downtown Walking Tour

 
 
Lower Downtown Walking Tour - Henry Lee Building Marker image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Light, December 24, 2007
1. Lower Downtown Walking Tour - Henry Lee Building Marker
Inscription. The pattern of ownership of 1545 Wazee Street symbolizes the development of Denver's rail age boom as an industrial and supply city requiring large scale warehousing. Its first owner and occupant, Henry Lee, was an agriculturist, pioneer gardener and fruit grower. In 1864, he successfully experimented with the culture of the eastern onion in Colorado, and brought the first chilled-steel plow to the state. These events marked the beginning of Lee's Farm Implement Business, and in 1870 he constructed this large-frame warehouse here to store his inventory. Lee was also known as the father of Denver's Park System, working tirelessly to acquire land for City Park, assisting in its landscaping, and later serving as a member of the Denver Parks Commission and the State legislature. In 1907 Chester Stephen Morey, having constructed the new Morey Mercantile Building across the Alley, acquired the Lee Building and incorporated it into his thriving business. Gove & Walsh Architects completed renovations to the Lee Building in 1907, and Morey put it to use as a home for, among other things, roasting, grinding and packaging his Solitaire coffee.
 
Location. 39° 45.075′ N, 105° 0.015′ W. Marker is in Denver, Colorado, in Denver County. Marker is at the intersection of
Henry Lee Building image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Light, December 24, 2007
2. Henry Lee Building
16th Street Mall and Wazee Street, on the left when traveling east on 16th Street Mall. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Denver CO 80202, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Sugar Building 1906 (within shouting distance of this marker); C. S. Morey Mercantile Building (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Barteldes, Hartig Building (about 300 feet away); Oxford Hotel and Annex (about 500 feet away); Spratlen-Anderson Building (about 600 feet away); Constitution Hall (about 600 feet away); Union Station Area (about 600 feet away); Denver City Railway Building (about 600 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Denver.
 
Also see . . .  Lower Downtown Historic District. Provides a map of LoDo, as it's locally known, and details on each historic building. (Submitted on March 27, 2008, by Christopher Light of Valparaiso, Indiana.) 
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceNotable BuildingsNotable Persons
 
Henry Lee Building image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Light, December 24, 2007
3. Henry Lee Building
Closeup of historic front image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Light, December 24, 2007
4. Closeup of historic front
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Christopher Light of Valparaiso, Indiana. This page has been viewed 2,196 times since then and 54 times this year. Last updated on , by Bruce Quackenbush of Denver, Colorado. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Christopher Light of Valparaiso, Indiana. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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