Everyone at Ireland’s Finest is enthusiastic about painting, of course. The added beauty,
value, and pleasure a brand-new paint job can offer are great reasons to redo exterior and interior
areas and give them new life.But aside from painting, Ireland’s Finest representatives also love beautiful buildings.
Luckily, Denver is full of excellent architecture from centuries past and the modern era. Even
though the influx of giant apartment buildings and condominiums has marred the architectural
landscape of the Denver area in recent years, there are still many examples of constructions done
right all over town. Let’s take a look at five of those examples:
My Brother’s Bar
Whoever designed the oldest continuously-operating bar in Denver may be lost to
history, but the bar made famous by Beat writers Jack Kerouac and Neal Cassady located at 2376
15 th St. downtown is a delight both inside and outside. The exterior isn’t as impressive as other
buildings on this list, but the bar offers a refreshing, no-nonsense invitation to imbibe and relax.
Inside, My Brother’s Bar is the bar of legends. You can find the IOU Cassady himself left to
settle his bar tab decades ago, as well as classy bartenders, a rustic bar table, and, as always,
classical music playing on the speakers.
The renovated and stylish Union Station was first opened in 1881 and designed by D.H.
Barnham and Company. Over the last 140 years or so, it has been revamped several times, the
latest of which added a wealth of restaurants and stores to its brand-new interior in 2014.
Throughout all the changes over the decades, Union Station has kept its original Beaux-Arts
style and exterior façade that makes it one of the most recognizable and famous buildings in the
Molly Brown House
Constructed in 1889 by architect Willian Lang, the Molly Brown House at 1340
Pennsylvania Avenue in Capitol Hill remains the most well-known Victorian symbol in Denver.
Brown herself was a famous survivor, having walked away from the sinking of the Titanic in
1912, and her home has lasted the decades known as one of the most beautiful buildings in town.
Brown’s home in Denver has since been converted into a museum dedicated to her life as a
philanthropist and activist. The building itself is a marvel and relic of the Victorian architectural
craze that swept through Denver at the end of the 19 th century. Great care was taken in the
restoration of the house in 1970, when concerned citizens researched architectural styles and
original photographs of the house to restore it to its former glory.
The Capitol Building
Probably the most well-known building in Denver is the capitol building. Built in 1894
and designed by Elijah E. Myers, the Capitol Building was constructed with materials all sourced
from Colorado. Inside, you can find Colorado Rose Onyx adorning most interior spaces, and on
the outside, you can see the 65 ounces of gold spread 1/8000 th of a millimeter thin over its
towering dome. If you truly want to feel what it’s like at exactly one mile above sea level, you
can stand at the most up-to-date measurement of one-mile elevation on the Capitol’s front steps.
Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception
You probably know this immense Catholic cathedral as the giant church on the corner of
Logan and Colfax. Just this year, renovations were completed on its exterior, which features
hallmarks of the classic French Gothic style, with impressive outer doors and arches, and
beautiful stained glass. The cathedral was designed by Leon Coquard, Aaron Grove, and Thomas
Walsh. It was completed in 1911.
Don’t be discouraged by that giant box being noisily constructed across the street from
your house, there’s still plenty of excellent architecture throughout Denver.