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Museum of Western Art (The Navarre)

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The Navarre
1880, Frank E. Edbrooke. 1983, restoration, C. W. Fentress and Associates with John M. Prosser. 1725–1727 Tremont Pl. (NR)
  • (Damie Stillman)

This rectangular, four-story Italianate structure of red brick is enhanced by projecting full-height bays with pedimented gables. Built as a girls' school, it later became the Navarre, Denver's most notorious department store of vice. It was subsequently rehabilitated as a restaurant and jazz club. In 1983 the Navarre was reincarnated as the Museum of Western Art. The restoration removed a century of additions and revisions and resurrected the double-bracketed cornice and distinctive copper cupola. The building is connected by a legendary basement tunnel to the Brown Palace Hotel across Tremont Place, but the passage is in fact a utility tunnel, too tiny to allow any substantial hotel guest patronage of the Navarre.

Writing Credits

Thomas J. Noel

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