City Transformation: Fulfilling our long-time callings
- Pray for our city to be hospitable and welcoming to visitors, that they would find restoration and rest here as well as be drawn to the creator while they are in the region.
There are characteristics and callings for our city that have grown out of our earliest days. This week we will be praying for God’s purposes in these “roots” of our city to be fulfilled. Each day we will leverage the history of a downtown building to guide our prayers (Reference).
Cheyenne Building 2 East Pikes Peak Avenue
Built 1901 / Architect Roberts and Bishoff No. 1
Constructed as an office building serving the western terminus of the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad, the second and third stories of this building contained sleeping rooms with shared bathrooms to house railroad company agents. The Cheyenne Building was used as a hotel between 1909 and 1963, focusing on the business traveler and tourists who preferred accommodations less lavish than the Antlers or Acacia Park hotels. A commercial application of Classical Revival architecture, the building was developed by the local firm of Roberts and Bishoff, after their work on the Mining Exchange Building (No. 11) and before the construction of the 2nd Antler’s Hotel (demolished 1965). Sporadically used through the 1970’s and 1980’s, the building was slated for demolition in 1990 to provide yet another parking lot. The building’s demise was stalled by the City’s first use of its Historic Preservation Overlay Zone. The owner of the Wynkoop Brewing Company, John Hickenlooper (later elected as Denver’s mayor), purchased the building in 1991, restored it and opened the Phantom Canyon Brewing Company brewpub in 1993. State Register eligible.