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Denver Qwest Sign No More; Centurylink Now Tops Building

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First Posted: 08/09/11 07:18 PM ET Updated: 10/09/11 06:12 AM ET

Denver -- bright lights, big city? For a capitol that seeks to push an upscale cow-town image, Denver's skyline has an impressive collection of architecture. And while the Qwest building may not fit neatly into the "impressive architecture" segment, the tower is iconic for most Denverites. As of Monday night, however, the trusty ol' Qwest sign was gone. In it's place a shiny new logo, 'CenturyLink,' shined out across the metro area.

Following Qwest's merger with CenturyLink, the gigantic 'Qwest' signs that top the building have been swapped out. CenturyLink logos now adorn the building instead. Work began on the switch Monday, July 11, and was finished--complete with a ceremony attended by Dener Mayor Hancock--Monday night.

The 52-story 'Qwest' tower saw cameos in Denver's skyline on SouthPark, and has served as the backdrop to countless Rockies games -- including a World Series. All this despite earlier anger the neon blue Qwest sign was bright enough to blind people in Golden (it has since been dimmed).

Completed in 1983, the building has hosted Qwest (and its earlier iterations) since the beginning. The building owner, Public Service Enterprise, is currently negotiating with CenturyLink to extend the lease.

Qwest's logos elsewhere in Colorado are also being replaced, including the company's fleet of vehicles.

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Filed by Ryan Grenoble  |