I’m starting a new book today, Book 9 in my Charity House series. The hero, Jonathon Hawkins, was one of the first “orphans” at Charity House, a home for prostitutes’ by-blows. He spent the first twelve years living with his mother in various saloons, then a brothel, before Laney Dupree offered him a home at her baby farm, aka Charity House. Despite his questionable upbringing, and the fact that his real father refuses to acknowledge him, Jonathon has made a success of his life. After winning his fortune at the gaming tables, he’s gone legitimate. He owns several upscale hotels in major US cities, including Denver. I modeled his Denver hotel after one of the most historic hotels in the country, the Brown Palace in Denver.
The Brown Palace was one of the first atrium-style hotels ever built. Made from sandstone and red granite, construction was completed in 1892. Its distinctive shape (a triangle instead of the usual square or rectangle) was created by architect Frank Edbrooke. He also designed the Denver Dry Goods Company Building, Central Presbyterian Church, and the Temple Emanuel.
The Brown Palace Hotel is still in operation today. It’s listed on the National Registry of Historic Places and is a favorite stop for afternoon team. If you’re looking for a pot of properly brewed English tea and scones served with Devonshire cream and preserves the Brown Palace Hotel is a must see. The hotel is also known for its marble bar.
If you do make a trip to Denver and book a room in the Brown Palace Hotel you will stay in the same hotel as the “Unsinkable Molly Brown, The Beatles, Theodore Roosevelt, William Taft, Dwight D. Eisenhower and Bill Clinton.
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