Giant windows have been added, outdated interiors have been gutted and original finishes restored, and granite columns out front have been refurbished. The shine is slowly returning to the early-20th-century building, one of about 1,700 U.S. Carnegie libraries.

On Wednesday morning, Mayor Michael Hancock will officially open the historic McNichols Building in Civic Center - a three-story, 23,012-square-foot building near the corner of Colfax Avenue and Bannock Street - for private events and cultural activities.

The opening comes a week after the announcement that Civic Center was designated as a National Historic Landmark by the U.S. Department of the Interior, the first such designee in Denver and one of three sites in Colorado to join the list this year.

Already, the building is being booked for weddings, bar mitzvahs and a December beer festival featuring Denver breweries.

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