BY MARGARET JACKSON, WESTWORD | A shiny new hotel will be built around one of Denver’s oldest landmarks, the Denver Hose Company No. 1, located at 20th Street and Chestnut Place.
Pending approval from the Denver Landmark Preservation Committee, the Hose Company No. 1 building will be restored into a restaurant. It’s part of a redevelopment by architecture firm JOHNSON NATHAN STROHE and Boss Architects that will put a twelve-story Hilton Garden Inn behind the Hose building with 223 guest, banquet and meeting rooms, a fitness center and other amenities.
Built in 1882 for Denver’s volunteer fire department, the 3,224-square-foot building served the neighborhood known as the Bottoms, which today is part of the Central Platte Valley. By 1922, it had been converted into a print shop and later a welding shop, a purpose it continued to serve until at least the 1980s.