Mountain States Telephone and Telegraph Building Tour
January 22 and 29
Join the Denver Architecture Foundation as we take our first tour of the new year – the beautiful Mountain States Telephone and Telegraph Building. This tour will take place during the lunch hour on Wednesday January 22 AND 29, from 12-1 PM.
About the tour
The tour of the magnificent Mountain States Telephone and Telegraph Company headquarters building includes the nearly original first and fourteenth floors, the Connections Museum and thirteen murals by Colorado artist Allen Tupper True. Tour goers will learn of the building site’s history, local communications history and the architecture and construction of the building with tour guides Jody Georgeson, Archivist, and Renee Lang, Acting Executive Director. We will also hear about the influence of business and technology on its structure, find out about the employees who provided telephone service to Denver and see how the technology has changed through the years.
About the building
Located at the corner of 14th and Curtis streets in downtown Denver, Colorado, the building is on the National Register of Historic Places. It cost $3 to $5 million and became the headquarters of the entire Mountain States territory, which extended from Canada to the Mexican border. It was built from Colorado materials by Colorado companies and artisans. “Colorado’s Bell System Palace” was finished shortly before the 1929 Crash of Wall Street and the beginning of the Great Depression; never again would a company build such an homage to the power of industry and technology.
Please note: Due to strict security, please use your full legal name as it appears on your ID to register for this tour; all participants must sign in with security and must stay with the tour group at all times.
Parking & transportation: Some parking is available on the street, or park in the Denver Performing Arts Center Garage. Entrances are located on Arapahoe and 13th Streets. Additional parking is available at the Colorado Convention Center Parking Garage located at Speer Blvd and Champa St, two blocks south of the DPAC Garage. As always, we encourage the use of public transportation, Lyft or Uber – thank you.