ICAA Columns & Coffee - Christ the King Chapel (St. Elizabeth's Retreat)
Saturday, January 4, 2014 from 8:30 AM to 11:00 AM (MST)
This remarkable structure in the Denver Highland neighborhood was designed by Frederick J. Sterner and constructed in 1903. Sterner was originally from England and worked as a draftsman in Frank Edbrooke’s office before forming a firm with Ernest Varian in 1884. Among many residences and commercial structures designed by the firm are the Daniels & Fisher Tower, the University Club, and the second Antler’s Hotel in Colorado Springs. St. Elizabeth’s Retreat Chapel was originally part of the Oakes Home for Tubercular Patients and was acquired by the Poor Sisters of St. Francis in 1943. On two occasions it narrowly escaped demolition, and its original large open site is now hemmed in by buildings. An exquisitely detailed small church, its design was probably inspired by the Renaissance London churches of Sir Christopher Wren. Its interior is exceptional.*
Location: Meet for Coffee at the Starbucks on the NE corner of N. Speer and Federal (2990 North Speer Blvd. Denver, CO 80211). Tour is located at 2825 West 32nd Avenue, Denver, CO 80211.
Cost: $10 General, no cost to ICAA Member
*Sourced directly from Denver Landmarks by Landon Morris (1979) and Denver, The City Beautiful by Thomas J. Noel and Barbara S. Norgren (1987)
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