And the last of this week of abstract shots is this photo taken on Broadway, capturing a
corner of the Streamline Modern Rickenbaugh Cadillac building.
July 8th, 2012 / No Comments » / by Tom Lundin
Alexandra in the Cruise Room
My daughter Alli with camera in the Cruise Room bar in the Oxford Hotel.
Alli is a great photographer, here is a recent favorite of mine that she has taken.
May 16th, 2012 / 1 Comment » / by Tom Lundin
I took advantage of last week’s Doors Open Denver 2012 event to show my daughter
the beautiful Oxford Hotel.
This 400 hundred+ room hotel was designed in 1891 by Frank Edbrooke, the Denver architect
who designed much of downtown, including The Brown Palace (which The Oxford predates).
The hotel is designed in the Richardsonian Romanesque style,
named after master architect Henry Hobson Richardson.
In the days before modern steel construction, cast iron columns enabled architects
to build taller buildings without the thick walls required to support the weight.
After prohibition ended in 1933, the hotel employed Charles Jaka to design the
award-winning Art Deco Cruise Room bar, inspired by the lounge on the Queen Mary.
It is decorated with reliefs showing drinking toasts from countries around the world,
often with themes that are considered slightly politically-incorrect today.
Here is a photo of an Art Deco house designed by Charles Jaka
a few years before the Cruise Room.
Because of Doors Open Denver, the hotel was kind enough to open up
some of their rooms, especially this one which continues the Art Deco theme.
And finally, I know that this isn’t in the best taste, but I always like to visit the
bathroom in the basement of the Oxford to marvel at these enormous urinals.
April 19th, 2012 / 5 Comments » / by Tom Lundin
Royal Tavern sign
Photo © 2011 Scott Murdock
Streamline Modern sign from the 1930s in Manitou Springs.
October 3rd, 2011 / No Comments » / by Scott Murdock
Shangri-La has been found! It’s in Denver!
Fascinating post on Streamline Modern art director Stephen Goosson, who designed
the sets for Lost Horizon. (Click the picture)
August 5th, 2011 / No Comments » / by Tom Lundin
Everyone’s favorite Bonnie Brae Streamline Modern home, designed 1938 by Lester Jones.
Photo taken of the back while driving by…
July 7th, 2011 / No Comments » / by Tom Lundin
An International-style house on ‘The Hill’ in Boulder, designed by Glen Huntington,
sometime in the 1930s, I presume.
May 26th, 2011 / 2 Comments » / by Tom Lundin
Corner office of Red Cross Building
Looking at the main office in the corner of the Red Cross Building near Speer, designed
1951 by Edwin Francis. (Click photo to enlarge)
Taken at Doors Open Denver last weekend.
(Nice to see Governer Hickenlooper at Kulwicki benefit tonight at the Larimer Lounge!)
April 24th, 2011 / No Comments » / by Tom Lundin
Inspiration Point International-style
This is another modernist home on Inspiration Terrace built by Denver businessman
Alphonse Martischang on the east side of Inspiration Point.
What is especially interesting about this house is that it seems to have embraced the
International Style during two different, but very early eras. The original brick house with
eaves from 1932 borders on Streamline Moderne, while the 1942 update adds the upper
deck with the glorious 360-degree view which is probably one of the best in the city!
December 2nd, 2010 / No Comments » / by Tom Lundin