Wednesday/ tornadoes! and Union Station

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Eek! Take shelter NOW! It is very rare for Denver to get tornadoes, though. Today six were spotted in the metro area, but there was no major damage anywhere.
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The Beaux Arts–style Union Station depot, built in 1914, is being restored and converted—by Denver firms Tryba Architects and JG Johnson Architects—into a 112-room boutique hotel with shops, offices, and restaurants, opening in July. The lettering below the clock says ‘Travel by Train’.
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This is the Ice House building at 18th and Wynkoop Street. Beginning in 1903, it was a refrigeration warehouse first for Littleton Creamery, then the Beatrice Creamery. Butter, cheese, cream and dairy supplies were stored here from 1903 to 1979. Today its interior has loft apartments on the upper floor, a tavern and a Brazilian steakhouse.

We had some mild excitement this afternoon in the office when severaI of us got tornado alerts on our phones from the National Weather Service, and an announcement by the building management.  So we moved to the elevators and stairwells for 30 mins or so, until the coast (the Denver plains?) was clear.

Later on I walked down to Union Station to check on its remodeling progress.  The work on it still needs a few more months, though, and I could only admire the exterior.


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