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

Merchandise Mart



— Lower Downtown Walking Tour —

Merchandise Mart Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, July 28, 2016
1. Merchandise Mart Marker
Inscription.  Built in 1930-31 as a multi-tenant warehouse, 1863 Wazee Street is representative of the final building period in Lower Downtown until the boom of the 1980's. Architect Montana Fallis used the modernistic style to establish this building as Denver's first "Merchandise Mart." Fallis distinguished himself in architecture by specializing in the structural engineering problems of large buildings. His work ranged from metallurgical industry designs for smelters and refineries built all over North America to carious Neoclassical and Art Deco buildings built in Lower Downtown, including the Oxford Hotel Annex. This building's art deco elements reveal a radical departure form the provincial and often conservative architecture of the time. Sensuous lines, sumptuous ornamentation, and European influence can be seen in the brick masonry of this building. Polychromatic brick, jagged point triangles, chevrons and the use of a variety of materials - from brick, stone and terra cotta to metal and opaque glass - were characteristically used in the Art Deco style of architecture to enhance and enliven the lines of structure.
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Merchandise Mart building. image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, July 28, 2016
2. Merchandise Mart building.
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Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureNotable Buildings. In addition, it is included in the Art Deco series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1863.
Location. 39° 45.239′ N, 104° 59.801′ W. Marker is in Denver, Colorado, in Denver County. Marker is at the intersection of Wazee Street and 19th Street, on the right when traveling north on Wazee Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1863 Wazee Street, Denver CO 80202, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Windsor Farm Dairy Building / The Crocker Cracker Factory (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); 18th St. Atrium / Littleton Creamery Beatrice Cold Storage Warehouse (about 500 feet away); Blake Street Area (about 500 feet away); Warehouses (about 600 feet away); General Electric Building (about 600 feet away); Edward W. Wynkoop (about 700 feet away); Hop Alley / Chinese Riot of 1880 (about 700 feet away); Red Light District Market Street (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Denver.
Credits. This page was last revised on August 31, 2016. It was originally submitted on August 31, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 512 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 31, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.

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Jun. 29, 2022