Educational Resources
The precise reasons Mountain States Telephone Company had for choosing 14th and Curtis as the site of its grand new building are unknown; it was likely a combination of factors, including the fact that the land may have been inexpensive (being a run-down area) and that it was very near to the central office the new building would replace (the old headquarters building at 1421 Champa).

What we do know for certain, however, is that the old central office was rapidly becoming too small to handle the telephone traffic that the growing Denver area—and the entire Rocky Mountain region—required, and that there was no way to install the new switches in the old building. So Mountain States—whose stock was majority-owned by AT&T, and which was part of the Bell System—asked, or rather told, the city fathers that it required a new building, that it was going to build this building at 14th and Curtis, and that it would be the tallest building the city had seen thus far. All that was needed now were architectural plans and, of course, the construction itself. (Click here to continue the Guided Tour to the next section, Local History of Communications.)

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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