Navarre was one of the better-known brothels of early Denver.
Still standing, dwarfed by drab highrises at 1727 Tremont, the
Navarre is rumored to have been connected to the Brown Palace
hotel across the street via a discreet tunnel system. Tip-toeing
over to the Navarre via tunnel from the Brown for a late-night
hoo-ha, flipping your top hat around stylishly, would be a lot
more smooth than, say, cruising Colfax in your Crown Victoria
with Nebraska plates during Stock Show week and accidentally
picking up a dude. Existence of a hooker tunnel has never been
entirely confirmed by historians.
building was originally constructed in 1880 to house a coed school
called the Brinker Institute. The school failed before too long
and when the Brown Palace went up, the gentleman's club took
over the building. This was especially convenient as part of
it was already set up as a girls' dormitory. The Navarre raged
naughtily at least until 1916, when the city outlawed open prostitution.
The building slipped into quiet obscurity for a good half-century
until millionaire candy baron James Dikeou was bludgeoned to
death by a teenage hooker outside his third floor apartment in
1977. Today, the Navarre is gated off and dead to the world,
apparently occupied by a few high-end private residences.