Manufacturer: Haviland & Co. – Limoges, France
User: The Brown Palace Hotel – Denver, Colorado
Date of plate: circa 1889
Notes: The Brown Palace Hotel & Spa is located at 321 17th Street in Denver, Colorado and is the second-oldest operating hotel in Denver after the Oxford Hotel. Designed by Frank Edbrooke, and built at a cost of $1.6 by Henry Cordes Brown, the original ten-story, 400-room hotel opened August, 12, 1892.
The Brown Palace was one of the first atrium-style hotels ever built with an eight-story atrium that soars above the lobby to a stained-glass roof. The interior was paved with Colorado granite, Arizona sandstone and Mexican white onyx. In 1892, the guest rooms rented for between $3 and $5 a night. There were two banquet halls, a ladies' ordinary (lounge) and a Grand Salon. The lobby housed a smoking room, a men's bar, a ladies' waiting room and at least 18 stores.
James Whitehouse and August Wirgler were commissioned to design and cut sandstone carvings for the exterior on the hotel in 1891. They created 26 medallions, each depicting a native Rocky Mountain animal, which can still be seen between the seventh-floor windows (see exterior close-up photo below).
With 241 rooms today (2023), the Brown Palace Hotel & Spa is run by Quorum Hotels & Resorts.
White body embossed scalloped rim plate with a large gold-plated decorative circle in the well. In the center of the circle is a drawing of delicate flowers in pink, rose red, and turquoise. Enveloping the base of the flowers is a gold leafy abstraction.
For additional info:
Brown Palace by Hall China
Brown Palace Hotel & Spa: History
Historic Hotels of America: Brown Background: A Colorful Past
Wikipedia: Brown Palace Hotel & Spa – Denver, Colorado
Larry Paul's 20th Century Hotel Research Database
Plate photos and ID: Steven Koska
Brown Palace full exterior photo: Flickr: bigweasel
Brown Palace exterior archway photo: Flickr: sfgamchick
All other Brown Palace photos: Flickr: The Consortium