1880 Denver train station converted to boutique hotel

George Sell By George Sell
11 July 2014 | Updated 11 July 2014

US: The 112-room Crawford Hotel in Denver will open this weekend in an 1880 Beaux Arts station building.

US: The 112-room Crawford Hotel in Denver will open this weekend in an 1880 Beaux Arts station building.

The project, in the former Union Station building, was devised by David Tryba of Denver-based Tryba Architects and architect/designer J. G. Johnson. "It was like an enormous puzzle that took months, and ultimately years, to untangle and eventually put back together. It was a team effort," said Tryba.

The designers devised three room categories, one for each floor of the hotel: on the third floor, the Classic rooms (housed in the station's former executive offices) feature cast-iron Corinthian columns and ten-foot-high doors. Above those, on a newly built mezzanine, the Pullman rooms draw inspiration from the sleeping berths found on trains in the 1930s and '40s.

The Loft feature wood trusses supporting ten-foot-high vaulted ceilings, custom-designed amber acrylic chandeliers and artworks hand-picked by local curator Nine dot Arts.

The Great Hall, a 12,000-square-foot ground-level concourse will double as hotel lobby and  food hall, while the Terminal Bar will serve 40 local craft brews.

Outside the property an eight-track commuter-rail station, which officially reopened in May, will directly link the station to Denver International Airport by 2016.

thecrawfordhotel.com

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