1801 California Street

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Coordinates: 39°44′52″N 104°59′23″W / 39.74778°N 104.98972°W / 39.74778; -104.98972

1801 California Street
Transamerica, 1801 California Street, Denver, CO.jpg
1801 California Street topped with the Transamerica logo in June 2016. CenturyLink signs are on other sides of the building.
General information
Status Complete
Type Office[1]
Location 1801 California Street, Denver, Colorado
USA
Opening 1982[1]
Owner Brookfield Office Properties
Height
Roof 709 ft (216 m)[2]
Technical details
Floor count 53 (51 occupied) [1]
Floor area 118,872 m2 (1,279,530 sq ft)
Design and construction
Architect Metz, Train & Youngren[2]

1801 California Street is a skyscraper in Denver, Colorado. The building was completed in 1983, and rises 53 floors and 709 feet (216 m) in height.[2] The building stands as the second-tallest building in Denver and Colorado, and as the 111th-tallest building in the United States.

1801 California Street was previously occupied by offices for US West, and then served as the world headquarters of Qwest Communications.[3] In summer 2011 following CenturyLink's acquisition of Qwest, the Qwest sign was removed from the top and replaced with the CenturyLink sign. Upon its completion in 1983, the building stood as the tallest building in the city.[2] However, it held that distinction for less than a year, being surpassed by Republic Plaza in 1984.[2]

The building has a brown concrete façade, and has a stepped design featuring four setbacks.[2] It is an example of late-modernist high-rise architecture.[1] The shape of the building resembles two interlocked octagonal sections, which separate near the building's roof.[2] The roof houses an antenna mast; with this structure included, the building reaches to a total height of 738 feet (225 m),[1] surpassing the 717-foot (219 m) roof of Republic Plaza. Therefore, when measuring by pinnacle height, 1801 California Street remains the tallest building in Denver.

1801 California Street prior to 2011 re branding.

1801 California Street once held the distinction of hosting the brightest high-rise signs in the world, surpassing even the brightly lit high-rise logos found on the skyscrapers of Shanghai and Hong Kong.[1] Four Qwest logos were installed in 2000, after the corporation moved their offices from 555 17th Street, situated two blocks away.[3] The signs, light blue in color, were at the time the brightest high-rise lights in the world, visible from over 70 miles (113 km) away.[3] However, Qwest removed the signs in 2004 due to increasing complaints from residents of Downtown Denver and rising energy costs, and the lights were replaced with ones of a darker blue color.[1] In December 2011, Brookfield Office Properties acquired 1801 California Street from Public Service Enterprise Group for $215 million.[4] In October 2015 the Transamerica logo was added to the skyscraper. On November 2, 2015 Transamerica relocated its Denver operations to 1801 California and now occupies several floors of the building.[5]

In the lobby of the building is an Ink Coffee and 1801 Eatery, and the Guard and Grace steakhouse.[6][7]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "1801 California Street". SkyscraperPage.com. Retrieved 2008-06-15. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "1801 California Street". Emporis.com. Retrieved 2008-06-15. 
  3. ^ a b c "The tallest buildings in Colorado". DenverSkyscrapers.com. Archived from the original on 2008-03-28. Retrieved 2008-06-15. 
  4. ^ "Brookfield Office Properties Acquires 1801 California Street". 9 December 2011. 
  5. ^ "Transamerica moving to 1801 California; adding space, jobs - Denver Business Journal". Denver Business Journal. Retrieved 2015-12-15. 
  6. ^ "First look: Guard and Grace opens tonight - Westword". Denver Westword. 2014-03-11. Retrieved 2016-05-08. 
  7. ^ "Downtown Denver's 1801 California tower unveils new image after remake - The Denver Post". The Denver Post. 2014-02-12. Retrieved 2016-05-08. 
Preceded by
707 17th Street
Tallest building in Denver
1983—1984
216 m
Succeeded by
Republic Plaza