“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Glenwood Springs in Garfield County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)

Rex Hotel

Rex Hotel Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, July 7, 2018
1. Rex Hotel Marker
Inscription.  This site - Lot 9 Block 45 - housed what in later years would be known as the Rex Hotel. Glenwood Springs founder Isaac Cooper first owned the property, but between 1887 to 1892, ownership changed hands several times. During this time, several small wood-framed buildings were constructed on the back of the lot. On the front, a one-and-one-half story saloon and lodging house was built.

Jacob Strassheim purchased the property in 1893. He constructed a two-and-one-half-story brick veneered building on this site. Strassheim offered rooms for rent on the second floor and operated a saloon on the street level. However, Strassheim's financial problems forced the property into foreclosure. In 1900, the building and property were sold to wholesale liquor dealer James Sheridan.

Sheridan leased the building to Bart Petrini who operated the Roma Saloon here. When Colorado enacted statewide prohibition in 1916, Petrini's saloon closed. Sheridan then leased the building to T.J. Silvy who then opened the Arcade Hotel.

Battista and Julia Anselmi purchased the property from James Sheridan in 1920 and established the Rex Hotel.
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He and his wife managed the hotel until his death in 1943. Once again, the hotel was sold, this time to Julius and Amelia Zanella. Their clientele during World War II included wives visiting their husbands who were stationed as the U.S. Naval Convalescent Hospital located in the Hotel Colorado.

Toni Peabody purchased the Rex Hotel in 1979. Her 20 rooms filled the community's need for low-income housing.

In 1991, the Rex Hotel was sold to Hotel Denver owners Steve and April Carver. The Rex Hotel was demolished in 2000. The current structure was constructed to mirror the architectural style of the Hotel Denver's facade.
Erected by the Frontier Historical Society and the City of Glenwood Springs.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Notable BuildingsSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1887.
Location. 39° 32.863′ N, 107° 19.371′ W. Marker is in Glenwood Springs, Colorado, in Garfield County. Marker is at the intersection of 7th Street and Blake Avenue, on the right when traveling east on 7th Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 420 7th Street, Glenwood Springs CO 81601, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Star Hotel (here, next to this marker); Hotel Denver (a few steps from this marker); The Hotel Glenwood
Rex Hotel Marker can be seen behind small tree on left. image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, July 7, 2018
2. Rex Hotel Marker can be seen behind small tree on left.
(about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); When the Railroads Arrived in Glenwood Springs (about 600 feet away); Water for Glenwood Springs (about 600 feet away); And Devereux Said Unto Glenwood, "Let There Be Light" (about 600 feet away); When Snow Slides Closed the Canyon (about 600 feet away); Immigrants Found Future in Colorado (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Glenwood Springs.
Credits. This page was last revised on July 16, 2018. It was originally submitted on July 13, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 455 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 13, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.

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