Denver’s historic Colorado National Bank building will welcome guests as the new Renaissance Denver Downtown City Center in late 2013. The property will showcase historic elements from the building’s initial construction in the early 20th century, juxtaposed with the accommodations, amenities and comforts of a modern luxury hotel.
When it opens, the hotel will feature 221 guestrooms and nine suites; a fitness center; complimentary 24-hour business center; Range, an original concept restaurant and bar, serving “new Colorado cuisine;” and 6,000 sq. ft. of meeting space, including three boardrooms recreated in the building’s original bank vaults, complete with original 33-inch thick steel safe doors.
“We are proud to give one of Denver’s most beloved local landmarks new life as a luxury hotel,” said Navin Dimond, president and CEO of Stonebridge Companies, owner and operator of the hotel. “There is something special about being able to help connect visitors to the city with a piece of its past. We hope to provide them a modern experience in a historic setting, and one completely unique to this city.”
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, The Colorado National Bank building was originally erected as a four-storey building in an area of downtown Denver known as the “Wall Street of the Rockies.” The building’s neoclassic, Greek Revival architecture is highlighted in its towering white exterior columns and walls, created with marble from the Colorado Yule Marble Company, the same marble that was also being used the year it was built to erect the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. Large monogrammed bronze doors opened to the three-story interior atrium, constructed with marble flooring, ornate bronze accents and the most secure vaults in existence at the time, with doors weighing more than 32,000 pounds – details that all still remain.
Currently in the process of being meticulously restored, the building’s lobby features 16 original oil-on-canvas murals by renowned Western artist Allen Tupper True. Titled “Indian Memories,” these murals consist of five triptychs, each named after and demonstrating a different aspect of Native American life, including “Youth,” “Buffalo Hunt,” “War,” “Women,” and “Art Work.” The series concludes with a much larger mural, “Happy Hunting Ground.”