Educational Resources
The telephone building at 14th and Curtis streets in Denver is a venerable—and historic—landmark. But that doesn’t mean it’s always been there.

In 1928, the building was unfinished. In 1927, the building was but a dream of the Mountain States Telephone & Telegraph Company. Prior to that the area was a run-down skid row and then a business district. And prior to being slums, the area was the place for the well-to-do, for the movers and shakers of society to meet and live and play.

Even further back the area was home to the pioneering settlers of what came to be known as Denver, and before that the home of Native Americans. And before that the future site of the 15-story building was but part of a sea of prairie grass, intersected by creeks and rivers, with its western side facing the mountains and the eastern side facing the seemingly endless plains.

Follow the Site History links below for a more thorough description of the history of the area (or click here to continue a "Guided Tour").

Front of Exhibit
Building Site History
Local History of Communications
Architecture and Construction
Working in the Palace and Tour
Arapaho and Schooners
Growth of Denver
Skid Row
Building Site Chosen
Smoke Signals
Pony Express
Trains and Telegraphs
Local Phones
The Drawing Board
In Use
14th St Outer
14th St Inner
Curtis St Outer
Curtis St Inner
And More
Main Floor
Even Floors
Odd Floors
Fourteenth Floor
Fourteenth Floor Museum
Fifteenth Floor

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