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Four Seasons tops off Thursday

The Four Seasons Private Residences Denver, the 45-story luxury condo building and hotel that's been under construction since September 2007, is set to be topped off this Thursday at 10:30 a.m. with the ceremonial hoisting into place of the 75-foot mast that will crown the structure. With the spire, the building will reach 641 feet. That's quite a change from some of the first buildings to grace the spot, like Governor John Evans' squat brick house that stood at the corner of 14th and Arapahoe streets in 1860 (to see photos of this building and its successors, check out the Four Seasons' blog).

Four Seasons will be the fourth tallest building in Denver as well as the tallest residential tower (the top three skyscrapers, from tallest to shortest, are Republic Plaza, the Qwest Tower and the Wells Fargo Center). The new luxury structure reportedly comes in first in a different category, however: Estimated to cost $350 millon, word is it's the most expensive privately owned building ever constructed in the city. Cha-ching!

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