Postcard announcing the opening of the “absolutely fireproof” Hotel Argonaut, on Capitol Hill next to the state capitol. For decades, the Argonaut was where out-of-town legislators stayed, along with other people who came to Denver to construct state business.
The Argonaut managed to stave off demolition, thankfully, unlike so many other hotels that were once in this part of downtown or Capitol Hill. The building is now a residence for senior citizens and home to both Phonatic and Shish Kabob Grill (and, oh, yes, the odd little Argonant [sic] Groceries convenience store.)
(In case you’re wondering, the term “argonaut” refers to someone who goes traveling for gold [i.e., Jason and the Argonauts]. Historically, the term was sometimes used to describe migrants to Colorado during the gold rushes of the 1850s and 1860s. You still see remnants of the term here and there in Denver, like the building above, or the name of east-central Denver’s greatest liquor store.)