The Oxford hotel opened in 1891, it is Denver’s oldest operating hotel. The hotel was an immediate success since it’s opening. Its fabulous location in Lower Downtown Denver sets it up for a consistent crowd. Its classy decor kept the locals happy too. It was booming up until WWII when the collapse of the Rail Road industry hurt everyone, especially places like the Oxford Hotel which relied on wealthy out-of-towners. Frank Edbrooke was the main architect who over saw the completion of The Oxford Hotel. He is Responsible for many different properties throughout Denver.
His intentions were to create a pure, straightforward design with the Oxford, compared to his (a few years later) Brown Palace Hotel. His attention to detail and structure has kept the Oxford in its original condition since its completion in 1891. (There are safety standards/changes that need to be adhered to as well, I’m sure.) Denver’s greatest art deco relic may not be a building but a popular tavern. It is called The Cruise Room. It is located off of the main lobby.
The popular bar became famous for not only being a great place to get a drink, but contains wonderful art and interior design that extenuates the sleek modern 1935 décor celebrated by the end of prohibition, with an appealing international theme. As a fan favorite, The Cruise Room features a wall that portrays different ways to raise a glass for a toast in 11 different cultures and languages, all enshrined on the shelves and walls. An Example would be: English: Cheerio Japanese: Banzai Norwegian: Skal
The Oxford Annex-
Built Later on in 1912,it is a 20th Century Style Architecture. The Oxford Annex was added as an addition to the Oxford Hotel in 1912. Today, it is home to a museum and art gallery, it features a gym, and overflow office space for the Hotel.
Montana Fallis, the architect, was commissioned to expand the Oxford. However, he did not try to emulate Edbrooke.. Instead, he turned to a classic motif and tucked six floors into space for 5 with a bridge over the alley way. He changed the Oxford’s iconic beauty for the better and made it even more unique. It is the only white tile building in lower downtown.