The Barth Hotel was built in 1882 and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1982. In 1980, it was the oldest continuously operated hotel in Denver. In 1981, Ecumenical Housing, Inc. (ECH), a charitable nonprofit purchased the Barth Hotel to create economical single living units for low income seniors and disabled. A year later, it was added to the National Registry of Historic Places. In 1987, ECH changed their name to Senior Housing Options, Inc. (SHO) to better market the main objective of the group which was to provide an alternative to a nursing home for seniors on a limited budget. Residents are required to be 50 years of age or older and independant.
In 2005, over 1 million dollars were put into renovations to make the Barth Hotel the Senior Living Community it is today. It still boasts original windows, tin pressed ceilings, steel columns and an oak mezzanine. Currently 62 residents call the Barth Hotel home.
Since our beginning, the LoDo District has been involved with The Barth Hotel community, through philanthropic and social events for residents. Every Summer LoDo Cares hosts a Barbecue in front of the building to bring together Barth residents and the broader LoDo community. Every Holiday season, LoDo Cares puts together a Holiday Dinner for residents and fundraises among community members to support necessary upgrades and updates to the building, such as new sitting chairs and voice-activated speakers in all rooms.
This western-style hotel is located just blocks from Historic Union Station. It has also been known as the Union Hotel, the New Union Hotel, the Elk Hotel, and the New Elk Hotel. It was designed by Denver architect F.C. Eberley, who also designed the Tivoli building in Auraria.