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Oxford Hotel and Annex

Lower Downtown Walking Tour

 
 
Lower Downtown - Walking Tour - Oxford Hotel and Annex Marker image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Light, December 24, 2007
1. Lower Downtown - Walking Tour - Oxford Hotel and Annex Marker
Inscription.
1891
The Oxford Hotel, built in 1891, is Denver's Oldest Hotel. Bankrolled by Brewer Adolph Zang and his partners Philip Feldhauser and William Mygatt, the hotel was designed by Denver's greatest 19th century architect, Frank E. Edbrooke. Through the years, its red brick battlements and terra cotta facade have presided over the comings and goings of Presidents and Queens, scalawags and common laborers. The Oxford's first rooms were advertised as elegant yet affordable, located within a half block of Union Station, a room was one dollar, or two dollars for a room with a bath. The hotel weathered the 1893 depression and silver crash to open a two-story brick addition on Wazee Street in 1903. A major addition came in 1912 with the Oxford Annex on 17th Street, designed by Montana Fallis and Robert Willison. Its lavishly decorated terra cotta facade incorporates elements of neoclassical style which contrasts with the hotel's Romanesque design. The proprietors of the Oxford - Hamilton Brooks Company - purchased the land from Struby-Estabrook Mercantile Company and left their mark with the "HB" monogram above the First Floor. Major alterations in the Hotel occurred primarily in the interior, as the magnificent stained glass windows and Dining rooms were installed in 1906, followed by the art deco cruise room bar with its Bas
Lower Downtown - Walking Tour - Oxford Hotel and Annex and Historic Markers image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Light
2. Lower Downtown - Walking Tour - Oxford Hotel and Annex and Historic Markers
Relief panels in 1935. After 60 years of prominence, the Oxford's fortunes tumbled after 1945, as the railways waned and the neighborhood declined only to be restored to its former glory for a grand reopening in June 1983.
 
Erected by Lower Downtown District.
 
Location. 39° 45.134′ N, 104° 59.949′ W. Marker is in Denver, Colorado, in Denver County. Marker is on 17th Street near Wazee Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Located to the left of the main door to the hotel. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1600 17th Street, Denver CO 80202, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Denver City Railway Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Union Station Area (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Edward W. Wynkoop (about 400 feet away); Union Station (about 400 feet away); Barteldes, Hartig Building (about 500 feet away); Henry Lee Building - 1907 (about 500 feet away); Sugar Building 1906 (about 500 feet away); C. S. Morey Mercantile Building (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Denver.
 
Also see . . .
1. History of the Oxford Hotel in Denver. (Submitted on January 11, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.)
National Historic Registry Marker located above the Oxford Hotel and Annex Marker image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Light, December 24, 2007
3. National Historic Registry Marker located above the Oxford Hotel and Annex Marker
National Registry of Historic Places
The Oxford Hotel
1891
Architect - Frank E. Edbrooke
U.S. Dept. of Interior, National Park Service

2. 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. 20th CenturyNotable Buildings
 
City and County Landmark Marker located above the Oxford Hotel and Annex Marker image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Light
4. City and County Landmark Marker located above the Oxford Hotel and Annex Marker
City and County of Denver
Landmark
Landmark Preservation Commission
No. 152   1983
Wazee Street facade image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Light, December 23, 2007
5. Wazee Street facade
1903 addition to the left
17th Street Facade image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Light, December 23, 2007
6. 17th Street Facade
The white structure is the Oxford Addition (Annex)from 1903. The original (1891)structure and the main entrance is to it's left, the red brick building.
Terra Cotta, romanesque image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Light, December 23, 2007
7. Terra Cotta, romanesque
Hotel Lobby image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Light, December 24, 2007
8. Hotel Lobby
Red Brick Battlements image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Light, December 23, 2007
9. Red Brick Battlements
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 10, 2008, by Christopher Light of Valparaiso, Indiana. This page has been viewed 2,781 times since then and 60 times this year. Last updated on March 27, 2008, by Christopher Light of Valparaiso, Indiana. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on January 10, 2008, by Christopher Light of Valparaiso, Indiana. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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