In 1870 Otto Paul Baur founded the O.P. Baur Confectionery Company. He partnered with James Colwell and the duo became successful caterers. Eventually Baur became the sole owner. By the 1890s his candies and confections were known around the world. It was an 1891 that he opened the location at 1512 Curtis Street.
The building was constructed by real estate developer Rodney
Curtis and designed by architect Leonard Cutshaw. The three-story, red brick
building is an example of late 19th Century architecture. The
building initially housed a number of businesses. The original storefront was
remodeled in the 1970s. The building was renovated in 2005 by ArtectureDenver to
create updated restaurant space.
After Baur died, the Confectionery remained under family
ownership until 1951. A restaurant was added in 1918 and Baur’s then occupied
the entire building. The company was famous for “good things to eat” as well as
good business practices. It expanded through the years but also racked up debt and
eventually sold in 1951. New management continued to grow the business before
eventually closing in 1970.
Upper floors of the building were converted to office space
at that time and several different restaurants came and went in the original
storefront. KEW Realty Corporation bought the building and remodeled it in
2005. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in July of 2006.
Chef Dory Ford brought back the Baur name and focus on quality food when he
opened Baur’s Restaurant and Listening Lounge in 2015.