Saturday, January 5, 2013

Brown Palace - Tea Time

Just a few little pictures from Tea at the Brown Palace. 
The entry way into the hotel.
The Christmas Tree in the main lobby.
The Chandelier (This picture does not do it justice)

The Tea, Champagne & Crumpets

A few fun facts about the Brown Palace taken from their website. If you aren't from Colorado I highly suggest staying or touring the Brown Palace ( It's one of the most interesting places in Denver with some of the most important history as well.

On Aug. 12, 1892 - 120 years ago - The Brown Palace Hotel opened its doors in the heart of downtown Denver. The hotel has remained open and welcomed guests every minute of every day since opening.

Every U.S. president has visited The Brown Palace since Teddy Roosevelt (1905), with the exception of Calvin Coolidge.

The Brown Palace contains 12,400 surface feet of onyx, a semiprecious variety of quartz, which was the most ever used in a single building at the time the hotel was constructed.

The hotel's original artesian well is located 720 feet deep beneath the Ship Tavern floor and still provides water to every faucet in the hotel.

Four of the hotel's suites are named for famous guests: The Beatles Suite, Eisenhower Suite, Reagan Suite, and Teddy Roosevelt Suite.

Before the Beatles' visit in 1964, the hotel saw a great surge in applications for housekeeping by young girls. After the Beatles' stay, monetary offers were made for the dishes from which they ate and the sheets on which they slept.

In 1937, the hotel opened the Skyline Apartments which housed permanent residents in suites with kitchenettes on the top two floors of the hotel. The last of these residents moved out in the mid-1980s.

The Brown Palace Club, located on the second floor, served as campaign headquarters for Dwight D. Eisenhower prior to his election as president.

Two of the cast iron grillwork panels on the railing surrounding the hotel's eight-story atrium are upside down.

Soldiers of the 10th Mountain Division tried rappelling from the roof during a visit to the hotel during World War II.

Except for crackers and sandwich bread, the hotel prepares all of its own baked goods in a unique, carousel oven - catalogued at more than 65 years old. The oven is one of only three in the world known to be in existence and is still used every day.

President Eisenhower hit a wayward golf ball while practicing in the room and made a dent in the fireplace mantel in the Eisenhower Suite. It remains today in a shadowbox as a souvenir.

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