Brown Palace Hotel (Denver, Colorado)

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Brown Palace Hotel
Brown Palace Hotel
Brown Palace Hotel (Denver, Colorado) is located in Colorado
Brown Palace Hotel (Denver, Colorado)
Brown Palace Hotel (Denver, Colorado) is located in USA
Brown Palace Hotel (Denver, Colorado)
Location 17th St. and Tremont Pl., Denver, Colorado
Coordinates 39°44′39″N 104°59′14″W / 39.74417°N 104.98722°W / 39.74417; -104.98722Coordinates: 39°44′39″N 104°59′14″W / 39.74417°N 104.98722°W / 39.74417; -104.98722
Area 9.5 acres (3.8 ha)
Built 1892
Architectural style Late 19th And 20th Century Revivals, Other, Italian Renaissance
NRHP Reference # 70000157[1]
CSRHP # 5DV.110
Added to NRHP April 28, 1970
Brown Palace Interior and Atrium

Brown Palace Hotel is a historic hotel in Denver, Colorado, United States.


It is the second-longest operating hotel in Denver and is one of the first atrium-style hotels ever built.[2] It is now operated by Quorum Hotels and Resorts, and joined Marriott's Autograph Collection Hotels in 2012. It was built in 1892 of sandstone and red granite,[3] one year later than the Oxford Hotel. It was named for its original owner, Henry C. Brown, and was designed with its distinctive triangular shape by architect Frank Edbrooke, who also designed the Oxford Hotel.

The hotel is located at 321 17th Street between 17th Street, Broadway and Tremont Place in downtown Denver behind the Republic Plaza. The main entrance door is on Tremont Place.


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, 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.[4]


  1. ^ National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ Richardson, Bruce (2006). The Great Tea Rooms of America. Benjamin Press. ISBN 0-9663478-6-2. 
  3. ^ Fielder, John (2002). John Fielder's Best of Colorado. Big Earth Publishing. p. 21. Retrieved 4 November 2013. 
  4. ^ Kreck, Dick, ‘’Murder at the Brown Palace: A True Story of Seduction & Betrayal’’, Fulcrum Publishing, Golden, Colorado, 2003
Brown Palace Outer Facade

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