That Used To Be What? Eight Fascinating Repurposed Historic Buildings

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5. Courtyard Denver Downtown
Marriott is a strong brand, just like the Joslin Dry Goods Co. was back in 1887. The state's then-leading dry-goods retailer occupied the red-brick four-story building at 934 Sixteenth Street and served as a cornerstone of commerce for the city before housing the downtown Courtyard.

6. Castle Marne Bed-and-Breakfast
Suffice it to say that some very impressively named people were involved in the Marne/Wilber S. Raymond House. Designed by architect William Lang for William Raymond, an investment banker, the Edwin Van Cise family eventually owned the home at 1572 Race Street before turning it into apartments in the ’20s. It was a hallowed out, boarded up shell of itself throughout the '80s before turning into a bed-and-breakfast. 
7. Colorado Lending Source
A "typical combination of office and warehouse structures built in lower downtown at the beginning of the 20th century," according to History Colorado, the building at 1441 18th Street was constructed by Denver Rock Drill and Machinery Co. in 1906. General Electric eventually acquired the building and from it distributed electrical supplies. Now it's home to Colorado Lending Source, a nonprofit that assists small businesses.

8. Hapa Sushi Grill & Sake Bar
Though it pre-dates much of the economic boom of the 1870s, the Barney L. Ford building, at 1514 Blake Street, is too important not to include on this list. Ford was born a slave in Virginia before he escaped to Chicago, eventually landing in Denver in 1860 via the Underground Railroad. Ford, who would become a prominent black politician and civil leader in Denver, opened the People's Restaurant in the street level of 1514 Blake Street in 1863.
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