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The Ideal Building is one of the first multi-story concrete buildings constructed west of the Mississippi. It was designed by Montana Fallis and John Stein. The building was funded by the Dome Investment Company, which was owned by Frederick Bonfils and Charles Boettcher. Colorado Portland Cement, owned in part by Charles Boettcher, supplied the cement for the building. Having already made his fortune in sugar, mining, and cattle, Boettcher turned his attention to building materials as his next investment. The building was constructed to promote building with reinforced cement, and to that end, the public was invited to watch the extensive testing of the building, which involved setting a section of the building on fire to prove its resilience. The interior frieze decorations, depicting the use of money throughout history, were designed by local artist Arnold Ronnëbeck.

In 1927, it was remodeled by Fisher and Fisher to become the headquarters of the Denver National Bank. The Denver National Bank improved and redecorated the interior to give the building a more “causal” feel, promoting banking as a more personal business, not as a strictly formal transaction. Metal bars, separating teller from customer, were removed and counters were lowered to promote this philosophy.

Today, the building is home to the Colorado Business Bank. The bank vault below houses a high scale restaurant.


Ideal Building, Charles Boettcher


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821 Seventeenth St
Denver , Co 80202

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