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September 25, 2013

Renaissance Denver Downtown City Center Tames Wild West

By Chris Boyle

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One of Denver’s most iconic structures, the historic Colorado National Bank, will welcome travelers as the new Renaissance Denver Downtown City Center in early 2014.

Featuring 230 guestrooms, 6,000 square feet of meeting space, and Range, an original concept restaurant and bar, serving locally-purveyed cuisine inspired by the Rocky Mountain West, the Renaissance Denver Downtown City Center earns its RockyMountain reputation in both scope and vibe.

The experience begins in the meticulously restored lobby, which boasts 16 original oil-on-canvas murals by renowned western artist Allen Tupper True. Titled “Indian Memories,” these murals are amongst True’s most famous and 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,” which establishes the property’s western heritage from its very first impression forward.

Of course the Renaissance Denver Downtown City Center most distinguishing feature is, far away, its home. Located in the former structure of The Colorado National Bank, the originally erected as a four-story building in 1915 on the corner of 17th & Champa Street, an area deemed the “Wall Street of the Rockies,” the hotel is one of the region’s most distinct. The building’s 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 used that year to erect the Lincoln Memorial. Meanwhile, large monogrammed bronze doors open to a three-story interior atrium, constructed with marble flooring, ornate bronze accents, and what were once the most secure vaults in existence, weighing in at 60,000 pounds.

“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, who owner and operate 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.”

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