We dropped Jack off at puppy daycare and headed to Five Points for our Doors Open Denver sites. I had to manage my time (the girls wanted to make pinatas at Byers at 2pm), so I had a few places picked out in Five Points and we made all but one of them, so that was pretty good.
Denver Fire Station No. 3
Station 3 is the oldest operating fire station within the Denver Fire Department. Built in 1931, Station 3 was an all-black fire company until integrated with the rest of the department in the mid 1950’s. Station 3 serves the historic Five-Points neighborhood, and has achieved historic landmark status. Engine Co. 3 remains busy to this day, responding to approximately 4,500 runs per year. The fit for the apparatus is also the tightest in the city, with about three inches of clearance on each mirror.
Next stop, The Rossonian.
They had live jazz being played in the first floor area. The hotel is being gutted and transformed into a basement jazz haunt, first floor restaurant and second-fourth floors will be a hotel. One of the most important buildings in Denver’s Five Points neighborhood, the Rossonian Hotel opened in 1912 as the Baxter Hotel. Robert Y. Baxter, who owned the Baxter Cigar Company, hired architect George Louis Bettcher to design a hotel on Welton Street at the Five Points intersection. With its triangular shape and Beaux-Arts style, the three-story Baxter Hotel quickly became a neighborhood landmark. In 1929, the hotel was renamed the Rossonian Hotel, and its lounge acquired a reputation as the best jazz club between the Midwest and the West Coast, with performances by jazz greats such as Duke Ellington and Ella Fitzgerald. After the 1960s, as Denver’s African American population left Five Points, the hotel and lounge declined. This landmark 21,000-square-foot building, with an addition built in 1994, has been largely underutilized since the mid-20th century. Palisade Partners’ vision is to restore the Rossonian to its original uses – boutique hotel, restaurant and music venue, respecting the rich history of the neighborhood while being inclusive of the existing Five Points community.
The picture below is just of an old ad on the side of the building, check out the phone number.
Next stop, Five Points Media Center.
Built in the 1930’s to house the Honey Bread Bakery. it now holds a Colorado Public TV station and KUVO jazz. We got to tour the radio station rooms and meet some of the on-air personalities, which was very cool.
We saw this guy at the Rec center, he had nothing to do with DOD.
Last stop, The Puritan Pie Co.
We passed this place on our Kerouac walking tour, but we didn’t go in then. The Puritan Pie Factory was built for the Senter Pie Company in 1911, and has served as a factory, warehouse and workshop, and is now home to the Rocky Mountain Land Library. The Puritan Pie Factory was built under the supervision of A.J. Senter, of the Senter Pie Company, in 1911. The original building was expanded in 1918, adding a large addition to the back as well as a second story. In 1920, Clive Senter renamed the company Puritan Pie Company. The building was supposedly the first to be built with extra deep cellars to accommodate ice and cherries, so that the company could claim that their pies were made with “fresh” cherries year round. In the 20th century, the Puritan Pie Company attained notoriety for its association with beat author Neal Cassady, whose childhood home was across the street. Neal’s older brother Jack ran a whiskey still out of the back of a house just north of the Puritan Pie Company building and relied on the “heavy sweet odor” of the pies baking to mask the smell of alcohol.
We grabbed a quick bite, then went to Byers to do pinatas.
We picked up Jack and he was soooooo tired. I think they just let him play with the others dogs the entire time he was there. Which is fine, James and I were going out to Englewood Grand, so a tired puppy was easier for the girls to watch.
Phil was having Grand Camp again, he does it once a year. They decorate tents inside, a camper was outside, there were hot dogs, good drinks and the Rockies were winning.