The Blake Street
Vault - a brief history
Our building at
1526 Blake Street has a storied past as one of earliest
brick structures in historic Lower Downtown (LoDo).
It was built 5 years after gold was discovered in
Cherry Creek, and right after an April 1863 fire that
devastated early Denver.
Completed in August 1863,
it served as one of Denver's first saloons as shown
on the earliest notated map of Denver - the 1868
Dougal map. In the years that followed, it housed
a liquor distribution business, cigar factory, machinery
business and a costume shop.
It was renovated in mid-1880s before
many of the larger buildings in Lower Downtown were
first built. At that time,
the ground floor was raised off the street level,
the secret basement
vault and elevator were added. The vault, elevator
machinery and entrance to the old tunnels under the
streets of Denver still exist and can be seen during
story of early Denver, Blake Street and the Vault
- click here.
More historical photos of the long,
narrow buildings on Lower Blake Street can be found
on our Photos page.
Today, 150 years after its
original construction, visitors can still step back
into early Denver at the Blake Street Vault – where
good drinks, great food, and even better stories tell
of a time when life – and the occasional indiscretion
– was lived for the moment. Enjoy!