The Five Points neighborhood just outside of downtown is the historic home of Denver’s African American community. And no building defined that history more than the Rossonian. Originally built in 1912 as the Baxter Hotel, the building served many legends of the American jazz age including Duke Ellington, Nat King Cole and others. Today it sits underutilized, along with much of the surrounding Welton Street commercial corridor, awaiting a future half as bright as its past.
The Denver Public Library has a brief history of the building here.