Hotel Denver fulfilled promise of ‘A Big Hotel for Glenwood’
A passenger arriving by train to Glenwood Springs in 1907 saw a collection of businesses across from the depot. A wholesale liquor establishment, a grocery store, a restaurant, four saloons and two hotels occupied the block directly across from the station.One of those hotels was the Denver House, owned by Art Kendrick. Established in about 1905, Kendrick’s hotel through the years had successfully catered to the traveling public. In April 1909, Kendrick saw an opportunity to expand his popular business.The building housing Ryan’s Restaurant to the east had burned to the ground, leaving two lots vacant. Art Kendrick purchased the property. On the lots, he constructed a brick addition to the Denver House which contained a lobby, guest rooms, a parlor and an office. The Avalanche Echo newspaper predicted the new hotel would be a financial success the minute the doors opened. In April 1922, the hotel, now known as the Hotel Denver, underwent another massive expansion. Kendrick purchased the buildings to the west that had housed the Columbus Saloon and Senate Bar. A light-colored brick addition was constructed on the saloon lots, extending to Cooper Avenue. At the same time, the façade of the original building was stripped and replaced with the same colored brick, creating a uniform structure. Art Kendrick sold the Hotel Denver to Mike Bosco in 1938. Bosco then united the Star Hotel to the east with the Hotel Denver, creating the hotel seen today.”A Big Hotel for Glenwood” was announced in 1909. While the size of the Hotel Denver was not foreseen, the prophecy of its success continues.”Frontier Diary” is provided to the Post Independent by the Frontier Historical Society and Museum, 1001 Colorado Ave., Glenwood Springs. Winter hours are 1-4 p.m. Mondays, and Thursdays through Saturdays.”Frontier Diary” is provided to the Post Independent by the Frontier Historical Society and Museum, 1001 Colorado Ave., Glenwood Springs. Winter hours are 1-4 p.m. Mondays, and Thursdays through Saturdays.
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