It’s The Brown Palace Hotel’s 120th Anniversary, and they’ve just been included in Marriott’s Autograph Collection of world-class boutique hotels. It truly is a unique and beautiful hotel. If you haven’t been, here are just some this downtown Denver landmark’s defining moments from the last 120 years:
- On Aug. 12, 1892, 120 years ago, The Brown Palace Hotel opened its doors in the heart of downtown Denver. The hotel has remained open every minute of every day since opening.
- Every U.S. President has visited the Brown Palace since Teddy Roosevelt (1905), with the exception of Calvin Coolidge, who did not visit Denver and Barack Obama.
- April 29th, 1912 Molly Brown stays at the Brown Palace two weeks after the sinking of the Titanic.
- The hotel’s original artesian well is located 720 feet deep beneath the lobby floor and still provides water to every faucet in the hotel.
- In 1934, Ship Tavern opened in celebration of the Prohibition Repeal.
- Before the Beatle’s visit in 1964, the hotel saw a great surge in applications for housekeepers by young girls. After the Beatle’s stay, monetary offers were made for the dishes from which they ate and the sheets on which they slept.
- Except for crackers and sandwich bread, the hotel prepares all of its own baked goods in a unique, carousel oven – catalogued at more than 50 years old. The oven is one of only three in the world known to be in existence and is still used every day.
- In 1945, Grand Champion Steer from The National Western Stock Show makes first appearance in The Brown Palace Lobby. Because of its long-standing association with the association with the National Western Stock Show, The Brown Palace has a tradition of displaying a grand champion steer in the atrium lobby during Afternoon Tea each January.
- In 1996, Churchill Bar opened in the space that was once occupied by founder Henry C. Brown’s office.
- August 12, 2012, The Brown Palace celebrates its 120th Anniversary.
In celebration of this historic event, The Brown Palace sent me a sampling of their signature honey products, made from honey collected from their very own rooftop beehives. Now, I’m not normally much of a scone fan, but, these were melt-in-your-mouth yummy. More like cookies than any scone I’ve ever tasted. Better yet? They shared the recipe. And now, I’m sharing it with you: