Top of the Clocktower

The other day I had the opportunity to be the guest speaker at the monthly meeting of the Denver Independent Brokers group. Not only are they a noteworthy association of real estate professionals focused on the Downtown area, but they also have exceptional taste in selecting cool venues for their meetings, such as, say, the top of the D&F Tower.

The historic Daniels & Fisher tower is perhaps Denver’s most iconic historic structure, one that I’m sure you’ve all admired numerous times from vantage points throughout downtown:


Gaining access to the top of the 325-foot tall D&F Tower has not been an easy thing to do for many years. But now, thanks to Holly Kylberg, the top of the historic tower has been converted into a fabulous space for private events. The last stop on the elevator is the 17th floor, and from there on up to the 22nd floor, an internal stairwell connects six unique levels that feature the tower’s clock, the spiral staircase to the bell, and two levels with outdoor observation decks. First, the view:


Sweet, huh? Next, the interior is awesome. Check this out:


It was a thrill to get to the top of the D&F tower and hang out with the DIB folks. My thanks to John Robinson for the invitation.

So, the next time you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind Downtown space for a small private event, you should definitely consider the Clocktower.

By | 2016-12-05T17:53:17+00:00 November 7, 2009|Categories: Architecture, Central Downtown, Historic Preservation, Media|8 Comments

8 Comments

  1. Anonymous November 8, 2009 at 12:54 am

    It is really cool up there. During "Doors Open Denver" in the late winter/early spring season you can access that part for free. During the weekend of DOD they allow the public to vist some part of the building. One year it was the conference room on the top non-clock level, the one with the outdoor balcony. Last year it was the event part that the very top.

  2. Anonymous November 8, 2009 at 2:58 am

    Wow! Thanks for sharing the incredible pictures.

  3. Anonymous November 8, 2009 at 2:02 pm

    Ken,
    I realize you are extremely busy and all, but I've been dying for you to update the Civic Center page to a color map for a long time now. Any ideas when this might be updated?
    Thanks for wonderful blog!!!
    -db

  4. pizzuti November 8, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    Wow, and to think that they actually wanted to tear this thing down once!

    I didn't realize how wide it was in side. I thought of the clock tower as a pretty narrow sliver, but there's actually room to walk around, which is great.

  5. Anonymous November 8, 2009 at 7:26 pm

    Just learned about that there's more to the website besides the blog. Cool!!! I agree that this could be updated to see where things stand today as far as infill project. Great work and I look forward to more updates.

  6. Freddie November 9, 2009 at 3:22 am

    hmmmm. I remember reading in one of the papers about…oh I dunno…6 or 7 years ago…about how the top level was being turned into a residential loft that would be sold for millions. They even had pictures of the inside that included a shot of that translucent clock – much like the one kev took. I guess that fell through for whatever reason. Probably for the best though…

  7. Saint November 9, 2009 at 6:40 am

    I can't imagine how much that would cost!

  8. Freddie November 10, 2009 at 5:45 pm

    LOL! Where the hell did I get "Kev"? Sorry Ken.

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