History of Names
Coffee at The Point is paying tribute to local prominent local figures. The local coffee spot and social hub has changed their menu to add names such as The Holiday, Fire Station No. 3, The Ford, The Baxter, among others.
Eleanora Fagan, who was better known by her stage name Billie Holiday, had a significant impact on jazz music and pop singing with performances at The Rossonian Hotel. Fire Station No. 3, which was built by the city in 1888, became the first African American fire company in Denver. The building still stands at 2563 Glenarm Place.
Justina Laurena Ford, born in 1871, was the first licensed African American female doctor in Denver. She practiced gynecology, obstretics, and pediatrics from her home for half a century.
The Baxter Hotel, later named The Rossonian Hotel, was built in 1912 and became known as the best jazz club in the Midwest.
Coffee at The Point is thrilled to honor these prominent local figures and places in African American history, with changes that can be seen on the menu. Patrons can enjoy a variety of signature coffees and espressos, as well as made-to-order sandwiches, teas, wines, beers, cocktails, gelato, and more.
Billie Holiday - Eleanora Fagan, better known as Billie Holiday, had a great influence on jazz music and pop singing with performances at The Rossonian Hotel.
Fire Station No. 3 - Built by the city in 1888, this was the first African-American Fire Company in Denver, located at 2563 Glenarm Place.
Welton Street - From the 1920's - 50's, this predominantly African-American neighborhood was home to a rich mix of business and commerce along the Welton Corridor.
Justina Laurena Ford - Born in 1871, Justina Laurena Ford was the first licensed African-American female doctor in Denver practicing gynecology, obstetrics, and pediatrics from her home for half a century.
Phillis Wheatley - Phillis Wheatley was the first African-American female, and one of the first women, to publish a book of poetry in 1773.
Duke Ellington - Born in 1899, Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington was an American composer, pianist, and leader of a jazz orchestra with a career that spanned over 50 years.
Louis Armstrong - Born in 1901, Louis Daniel Armstrong was an American trumpeter, composer, vocalist and one of the most influential figures in jazz. Armstrong is part of the jazz roots in Five Points.
The Baxter Hotel - Constructed in 1912, the Baxter Hotel was later named the Rossonian Hotel in 1929. The hotel acquired a reputation as the best jazz club in the Midwest.
Benny Hooper - Known as the unofficial Mayor of Five Points, Benny Hooper was a prominent African-American business man in the area and opened the Casino Dance Hall, the largest jazz club in the area at that time.
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