Brown Palace Hotel (Denver, Colorado)
Brown Palace Hotel
Brown Palace Hotel
|Location:||17th St. and Tremont Pl., Denver, Colorado|
|Area:||9.5 acres (3.8 ha)|
|Architectural style:||Late 19th And 20th Century Revivals, Other, Italian Renaissance|
|Added to NRHP:||April 28, 1970|
Brown Palace Hotel is the second-oldest operating hotel in Denver, Colorado and is one of the first atrium-style hotel ever built. It is now operated by Quorum Hotels and Resorts. It was built in 1892, one year later than the Oxford Hotel. It was named for its original owner, Henry C. Brown, and was designed with its odd triangular shape by architect Frank Edbrooke.
Past guests include the "Unsinkable" Molly Brown (she stayed at the hotel only a week after the Titanic disaster), infamous Denver crime boss Jefferson "Soapy" Smith, Dr. Sun Yat Sen (just before becoming the president of the new Republic of China), Queen Marie of Romania, the Duke of San Macario, and The Beatles. Presidential guests include Theodore Roosevelt, William Taft, Warren Harding, Harry S Truman, Dwight D. Eisenhower and Bill Clinton.
The hotel was the site of the high profile 1911 murders in which Frank Henwood shot and killed Sylvester Louis "Tony" von Phul and accidentally killed an innocent bystander, George Copeland, in the hotel's "Marble Bar." Henwood and von Phul were rivals for (or shared) the affections of Denver socialite Isabel Springer, the wife of wealthy Denver businessman and political candidate John W. Springer. The murders culminated in a series of very public trials.
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- Kreck, Dick, ‘’Murder at the Brown Palace: A True Story of Seduction & Betrayal’’, Fulcrum Publishing, Golden, Colorado, 2003
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