Preserving A Piece of Colorado History
The Cruise Room/Oxford Hotel Historical Remodel
The Cruise Room at the Oxford Hotel was modeled after one of the famous lounges from the legendary Queen Mary and was the first bar to open in Denver the day after prohibition ended. Its Art Deco style, upscale ambiance and classic cocktail menu have attracted multitudes of customers ever since.
Over the years, however, time took its toll on the interior of The Cruise Room. When Landry’s Inc., the food and beverage operator of the Oxford, needed a historically precise renovation, they called Jordy Construction. The Cruise Room interior is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and all work requires precise and accurate replacement of like materials.
The Jordy team approached the project much like an archeological dig site – with patience, precision and respect for the history of the space. The white Carrera marble flooring was custom-sized and honed to duplicate the original material that had been ravaged by time. Extensive structural work was required to correct years of water penetration into the old timbers below the floor. The original booths were removed, renovated, reupholstered, and reinstalled. An exact duplicate of the glass and black lacquer bar top was also installed, along with new brass foot rails and locally cast brass replacement brackets. Finally, the famed jukebox was restored, leaving The Cruise Room shining once again like the day it opened, Dec. 6, 1933.