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Remarkable they managed to salvage this. It and the Kittredge Building are two of the most interesting features of 16th Street.

As far as fires in historic buildings, there are some photos of the fire that destroyed Colorado Constitution Hall (1977) in the collection I donated to Western History. You might find them interesting. The catalog number is C Photo Collection 478.

Thanks for your comment Jim! I'll have to check out the photos, and perhaps that will lead me to another fire blog!

I remember coming downtown the morning after the fire to see the devastation. I particularly remember the awful smell, combined with the fear that the building would have to come down. Kudos to Cambridge Development Company for saving the exterior walls and building a new structure inside them.

Mark, thank you for your comment and I'm glad you enjoyed the blog. Yes, it is great that the building was saved and it houses some great businesses and offices.

There's a lot more to the story. Chief Wise and the firefighters thought bringing the building down would be safer and faster. Other Denver officials with historical preservation in mind thought otherwise. The story of intervention by senior officials in Public Works ought to be told.

Tom, this is interesting information. Is there a source that would give more information about Chief Wise and his thought to bring down the building, and how the officials in Public Works thwarted this?

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