The nurses dorm on the University of Colorado Hospital campus was built in the classical style 1924. The architect was Maurice B. Biscoe who helped organize the Denver Cactus Club, was the second president of the Colorado Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. While in Denver he also designed the Dickinson Branch Library, Bemis and Cossitt Halls for Colorado College and the Physics Building on the campus of Colorado A&M in Fort Collins. (Now CSU).
In 1925, The University of Colorado’s Colorado General Hospital — University Hospital, opened on Colorado Boulevard. The first buildings were built on seventeen acres of land, donated by Frederick Bonfils, publisher of The Denver Post. The campus included a medical school, a nursing school, the hospital, the Colorado Psychopathic Hospital, the nurses dorm and a power plant. This campus was referred to as being “out in the prairie”. Just think, how times have changed.
The dorm was to serve as the “cultural center” of the new Fuqua development with offices on the second floor and upscale sit-down restaurants on the first. Now the future in unknown. In the statement from Fuqua a few days ago, it appeared that a hotel may be planned for the re-use of building.
It may not be a bad idea, given the area. As we reported prior, the land where trader Joe’s will be built was going to have a 160-room Residence Inn by Marriott, which the the neighborhood was in favor of. So it should not be an issue this time unless Fuqua decides to put in a W Hotel. Does that stand for Wallmart Hotel?
Well we will see.
In the photo you see how the area looked it was when first built.
With Walmart pulling out, it will be interesting to see how this changes the Character of the development.
If you are wondering, the W in W Hotels stands for worldwide.
- Developer revising 9th and Colorado, hopes demolition begins in spring (denverpost.com)
- Redevelopment Interruptus: Walmart Pulls Out of Fuqua Deal (downmainstreet.com)
- Tired of the Speculation, Trader Joe’s Confirms (downmainstreet.com)
- Walmart pulls out of 9th and Colorado redevelopment project in Denver – The Denver Post (artstarzz.wordpress.com)
- Mayor Hancock Speaks Out On Walmart (downmainstreet.com)