Denver’s city hall was built in the early ’30s, replacing an earlier Italianate structure at 14th and Larimer. In 1903, Denver became its own county, assuming many of the administrative functions that had been usurped by the state of Colorado in the previous decades because of municipal corruption. Denver had been a part of Arapahoe County- which used to stretch all the way to the Kansas line- before that, and the Arapahoe County Courthouse, a monumental domed structure, stood on the city block between 15th and 16th, Tremont and Court (that’s why it’s called Court). It was torn down in the early ’30s, replaced by a plaza, which was sold in the ’50s and developed as the Hilton (now Sheraton) and May D&F department store designed by I.M. Pei- shown in older posts. ¬†The old Denver city hall lasted as a police building until 1947, when it was razed; it’s now a parking lot. They saved the bell from the tower, which now sits adjacent to the parking lot. Progress!

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