Daniels and Fisher Tower

George Williamson
1911



Denver landmark

This tower, like a number at the turn of the century, imitates the famous bell tower (campanile) on St. Mark's Piazza in Venice. (It is a three-quarters scale model.) The windows, of course, depart from the Italian model, as does the yellowish brick. The celebrated tower was actually part of the Daniels and Fisher department store in 1910, and although the five-story store itself was demolished in the 1970s, the tower was spared and remodelled for offices. At the time it was built it was the tallest structure west of the Mississippi at a height of 325 feet. The slender tower has a 32-foot square plan. All four faces have clocks (they are 16 feet high! with an hour hand eight feet long and the minute hand at 6 feet long) and cornices define the observation deck on the 20th floor.

Note the reddish brick on two faces of the tower's lower six floors (see below). This differentiation in color shows where the original D & F store had abutted the tower.

 
 
 
 

The entrance facade with name plate and terra cotta (?) roundels with cameo portraits

This tower is defined as Renaissance Revival in style. The architectural details are classical and roundels such as these are on Brunelleschi's 15th century Ospedale.
 


Work Consulted:
Francis J. Pierson. Getting to Know Denver: five fabulous walking tours. Denver: Charlotte Square Press, 2006.

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