Equitable Building (Denver, Colorado)

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Equitable Building
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Equitable Building (Denver, Colorado) is located in Colorado
Equitable Building (Denver, Colorado)
Equitable Building (Denver, Colorado) is located in the US
Equitable Building (Denver, Colorado)
Location730 17th St.,
Denver, Colorado
Coordinates39°44′47″N 104°59′28″W / 39.74639°N 104.99111°W / 39.74639; -104.99111Coordinates: 39°44′47″N 104°59′28″W / 39.74639°N 104.99111°W / 39.74639; -104.99111
Arealess than one acre
Built1892
ArchitectAndrews, Jaques & Rantoul
Architectural styleRenaissance, Other
NRHP reference #78000845[1]
CSRHP #5DV.121
Added to NRHPJanuary 9, 1978

The Equitable Building is a historic commercial office building located at 730 17th Street in Denver, Colorado.

Description and history[edit]

Standing at a height of 125 feet with 9 stories, the steel-framed office tower became the tallest building in the city upon its completion in 1892, and retained that title until 1911, when it was surpassed by the Daniels & Fisher Tower.[2] It is an excellent example of the Italian Renaissance Revival architecture of its day, with its numerous sets of arched windows and the ornately carved granite that define its appearance.

The building, designed by Jaques and Rantoul Andrews and built during the Denver building boom of the early 1890s, was highly cutting edge for its time in its utilization of many recent technological advances, and its self-sufficient infrastructure. As is mentioned in its NRHP designation, "To this day, the artesian well in the basement still runs the elevators, of which there are eight. All the rooms had radiators; most had water closets and hot and cold water, and many also had gas fireplaces." The construction costs of the building amounted to $1,500,000.

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on January 9, 1978.

References[edit]

  1. ^ National Park Service (2007-01-23). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. ^ "Equitable Building". Emporis.com. Retrieved 2008-05-17.

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Unknown
Tallest Building in Denver
1892—1910
45m
Succeeded by
Daniels & Fisher Tower