Historic Denver neighborhoods were built in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. Because of their nostalgic charm, some of the most popular neighborhoods in the city are these historic neighborhoods. In the historic neighborhoods, you can find homes with character and patronize restaurant/shopping districts that are locally owned. Some of the historic neighborhoods are Washington Park, Highlands, Platt Park, West Highlands, and Old Gaylord Street. These neighborhoods are dominated by single-family homes. People can walk to the shops and restaurants.
The Capitol Hill neighborhood is a bizarre mixture of grand old mansions and apartment buildings. Some of the grand old mansions have been converted into apartment buildings. One of the most famous residents of this neighborhood was Molly Brown, better known as the “Unsinkable Molly Brown.” This neighborhood offers residents a car-free opportunity as they can walk to virtually all interesting parts of Denver or they can choose bus or lightrail services. This neighborhood is also known as Denver’s gay neighborhood.
The Cheesman, Country Club, and Cherry Creek neighborhoods are primarily historic mansions. If you are not affluent, you may be able to find an apartment or condominium in one of the buildings surrounding Denver’s Botanical Gardens.
Another historic neighborhood is Baker, which was first developed in the 1870’s. It is now the urban core of Denver. In this neighborhood, you will find preserved historic homes.
One of the oldest historic neighborhoods is Whittier. This neighborhood is named after John Greenleaf Whittier who was a founding member of the Republican Party. The neighborhood has been racially integrated since the 1890’s. Filed in 1868, the Case Addition was the first subdivision platted in the Whittier neighborhood.
Chessman Park is named after the park in the heart of Denver. Much of the historic homes in this neighborhood are Victorian, Large Denver Squares, and historic mansions. The architecture is primarily from the turn of the last century. The Country Club neighborhood was designated as a Historic Landmark District in 1990. The neighborhood consists of single-family mansions and large homes.
The neighborhood of Alamo Placitas includes some of the homes built for early prominent Denverites. The neighborhood of LoDo (short for lower Denver) was filled with old brick warehouses. The chic, old, urban “brick and beam” lofts have become a Denver Status Symbol.
These are just a few of the historic neighborhoods of Denver. To read about others just go online to learn about them. Denver neighborhoods are rich in history.